Doctor Bong (Marvel)
Real Name: Lester Verde
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Doctor Bong wears a helmet shaped like a bell, and wears a large metal ball in place of his severed left hand. By striking the ball against his helmet, he creates sonic vibrations which can produce a wide variety of effects. The vibrations can, for example, have concussive force, enough to bend steel, or can paralyze a living being temporarily, create a nearly impenetrable sonic barrier, or teleport Bong or someone else in his vicinity to another location. (Presumably the vibrations trigger a teleportation device and do not perform the teleportation themselves.) It is not known how Bong protects himself from the adverse effects of these vibrations.
Doctor Bong possesses teleportational equipment powerful enough to transport his entire castle over vast distances. He can also create highly effective illusions through unknown means, perhaps involving holography.
Doctor Bong refers to his principal device for genetic manipulation as his evolvochamber. Using it, he can transform an animal of one species into another, or give the animal humanoid characteristics, or create clones from cell samples and accelerate their aging and growth processes so that they change from zygotes to infants in an unusually short period of time.
Originally a journalism student whose yellow journalism got his professor fired, his hand is severed by a miniature guillotine when performing with the punk band Mildred Horowitz. This is a big factor into becoming the villain Doctor Bong. How he developed his paraphernalia was easily explained. He had a longtime crush on Beverly Switzler, whom he eventually married. Before he was removed from the book, Steve Gerber had intended for their marriage to last and for her to no longer be a main character in the Howard the Duck series, but when he was removed from the book, Bill Mantlo quickly dissolved the marriage and brought the series back to a position of status quo.
John Byrne later pitted him against She-Hulk, trying to uncensor sanitized violent television so that his genetically-engineered quintuplets would be raised not finding violence at all attractive. She-Hulk, using her abillities to break the fourth-wall, manages to defeat him.
It is later revealed in his initial appearance that he had given up supervillainy to obtain a PhD in psychology. His first patient is Deadpool, who came to him for treatment after the events of the Dead Reckoning. He was, however, back to supervillainy by the Max Howard the Duck series.
First Appearance: Howard the Duck (1976) #15
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Daughters of the Dragon (2006)
#3 Deadpool (1997)
- 'Capes, Lies & Microchips'
#26 Deadpool (2008)
- 'Mouthful of Malice, Head Full of Cheese'#27
- 'It's a Barbarian Bunny -- Busty Broad Bonanza in My Brainpan -- And I'm the Only One Invited!'
#28 Deadpool Corps: Rank and Foul (2010)
- 'I'm Your Man, Part Two'#29
- 'I'm Your Man, Conclusion'#49.1
- 'Deadpool: The Musical!'
Howard the Duck (1976)
#15 Howard the Duck (2002)
- 'The Island Of Dr. Bong!'#15 (35 Cent Variant)
- 'The Island Of Dr. Bong!'#16
- 'Zen And The Art Of Comic Book Writing: A Communique From Colorado'#17
- 'Doctor Bong!'#17 (35 Cent Variant)
- 'Doctor Bong!'#18
- 'Howard The Human!'#20
- 'Scrubba-Dub Death!'#25
- 'Getting Smooth!'#27
- 'Circus Maximus'#30
- 'If This Be Bongsday!'#31
- 'The Final Bong'
#1 The Amazing Spider-Man (1963)
- 'Making the Band'#2
- 'Endangered Species'#3
- 'Bad Girls Don't Cry'
#552 The Amazing Spider-Man (2014)
- 'Just Blame Spider-Man'
The Astonishing Spider-Man (2009)
The Marvel Encyclopedia (2006)
HC The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Update '89 (1989)
- 'The Marvel Encyclopedia'
#2 The Sensational She-Hulk (1989)
- 'Champion to Ecstasy'
The Superior Foes of Spider-Man (2013)
#3 X-Men: To Serve And Protect (2011)
- 'A New Sheriff In Town'#9
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