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REVENUE

Real Name: Unrevealed

Identity/Class: Extradimensional/alternate reality (Earth-1136) human

Occupation: I.R.S. agent

Group Membership: I.R.S. (Marvin, Melvin, others)

Affiliations: Dollar, Marvin, Melvin (all Earth-1136)

Enemies: Dinosaurs for Hire (Archie, Cyrano, Lorenzo, Reese), Dinosaurs for Hire support staff (Professor Tyrell, Red), Artie Kent, tax evaders (all Earth-1136)

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Mobile in the USA (Earth-1136)

First Appearance: Dinosaurs for Hire II#1 (February, 1993)

Powers/Abilities: Revenue was the most proficient and deadly I.R.S. agent, violent and trained in the use of various weapons. He was obsessed with ensuring that American citizens paid their due taxes to the government down to the last cent and had conservative political views.

His costume included a coin-dispensing belt and he sometimes wore a Kevlar jock-strap. Despite his suit being skin-tight, he was able to quickly draw out hidden weapons like two handguns and a hunting knife.

Height: 6'1" (by approximation)
Weight: 200 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Black (hair plugs)

History: (Dinosaurs for Hire II#1) - Revenue gunned down Artie Kent for very minor tax dues, ignoring the woman he was holding hostage. Returning to I.R.S. headquarters, he shook a man upside down for failing to pay $2.35 tax on cigarettes. Revenue's boss was impressed and gave him his next assignment: the Dinosaurs for Hire (Archie, Cyrano, Lorenzo, Reese), who owed $2 million in back taxes (unaware they were completely broke). Melvin, the I.R.S. boss, focused on ensuring the rich and politicians regained privileges while Revenue focused on ending tax evasion.

(Dinosaurs for Hire II#2) - Further outraged on the Dinosaurs' liberal values, Revenue furiously opened fire at a blank wall, then left to confront his targets. The I.R.S. boss was happy to have unleashed a monster like Revenue. At one point, Revenue thought himself fairly one-dimensional. Revenue tracked the Dinosaurs to a character licensing expo and opened fire with a high powered machine gun-rifle combination weapon. The ensuing chaos of actors, some costumed as cartoons, as well as fawning agents, separated the foes, so the Dinosaurs left for a meal.

(Dinosaurs for Hire II#3) - Back at his base, after having hurt his shoulder in his last fracas, Revenue engaged in target practice while his assistant Dollar berated him. Revenue shot Dollar in the foot when he mockingly suggested someone else would replace Revenue to bring the Dinosaurs in. Later, Revenue, armed with guns and grenades, attacked the comic store where the Dinosaurs were promoting their comic.

(Dinosaurs for Hire II#4) - Heavy fighting ensued in the comic store between the Dinosaurs for Hire and Revenue, with gunfire and exploding rockets damaging new and back issues, which concerned teen-aged comic collectors more than their own safety. Eventually, the tyrannosaur-styled Archie knocked out Revenue with a small secret weapon, breaking the agent's back in the process.

Comments: Created by Tom Mason (writer), Mitch Byrd (pencils) and Bruce McCorkindale (inks).

In case it's not clear, Revenue and Dollar are parodies of Punisher (Frank Castle) and Microchip, respectively (with a hint of Batman and Alfred). I've allocated Revenue the same physical stats as Punisher, given the clear physical similarities.

D4H was a parody comic wherein the Dinosaurs were aware of their in-comic status, with characters occasionally breaking the fourth wall. Case in point, the tyrannosaur-type Archie states in issue #2 that they have a reason to kill Revenue in issue #5, but they end up killing him in issue #4. I suspect that writer Mason had to speed things up for the huge Genesis crossover.

The powerful secret weapon used by Archie to knock out Revenue was the ego of Mike Richardson (founder of Dark Horse Comics) -- the wit was at times a tad caustic.

Revenue also appeared as a B&W pin-up in the Malibu Sun (February, 1993) promotional magazine and the limited-release, collector's edition Dinosaurs for Hire Ashcan (January, 1993).

Profile by Grendel Prime.

CLARIFICATIONS :
Revenue has no known connections to:


Dollar

Dollar was Revenue's elderly and diminutive assistant. He would take care of Revenue's weapons, keeping them clean, and stocked up on ammunition and accessories for target practice, etc. Despite their belligerence, the two still had grudging respect for each other.

 

 


 

 

--Dinosaurs for Hire II#3


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Dinosaurs for Hire II#3, p30 (main image)
Dinosaurs for Hire II#4, p3 (headshot)
Dinosaurs for Hire II#1. p24, pan3 (holding tax evader)
Dinosaurs for Hire II#3, p16, pan4 (Dollar)


Appearances:
Dinosaurs for Hire II#1 (February, 1993) - Tom Mason (writer), Mitch Byrd (pencils), Bruce McCorkindale (inks), Chris Ulm (editor)
Dinosaurs for Hire II#2 (March, 1993) - Tom Mason (writer), Mitch Byrd (pencils), Bruce McCorkindale (inks), Chris Ulm & Roland Mann (editor)
Dinosaurs for Hire II#3 (April, 1993) - Tom Mason (writer), Mitch Byrd (pencils), Bruce McCorkindale (inks), Roland Mann (editor)
Dinosaurs for Hire II#4 (May, 1993) - Tom Mason (writer), Mitch Byrd & Kiki Chansamone (pencils), Bruce McCorkindale (inks), Roland Mann (editor)


First posted: 08/05/2020
Last updated: 08/05/2020

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