The Complete History/Origins of Dust Man

The origin of Dust Man can’t truly be appreciated until we understand a little bit about the vacuum cleaner itself. The vacuum has come a long way within the last century and a half. As per sources, Daniel Hess of West Union, Iowa was technically the first person to have designed the vacuum, though it was not titled as such a device at first. He designed the carpet sweeper in 1860, “The machine did, in fact, have a rotating brush like other sweepers, however, the machine also possessed an elaborate bellows mechanism on top of the body to generate suction. The amazing thing about his machine was that it incorporated two "water chambers" to capture the dust and fine dirt. [Hess]…states that the air is cleansed as it passes through the device."[1][2]

D. Hess Carpet Sweeper, Patented July 10, 1860, Patent No. 29,077
[1]


This carpet sweeper was the first recorded attempt at what later became the vacuum cleaner. We needed something that removes dirt and dust from our floors without the strain on the back and within a reasonable amount of time. Vacuums have made cleaning carpets and other surfaces easier than the traditional broom, plus a broom is not the tool of choice when cleaning thick carpets. Thanks to Hess and many other inventors, we have that convenience available today[1].

Let’s fast forward to 1987, where illustrator Keiji Inafune (稲船 敬二) creates the game Rock Man (Mega Man in North America) with help from the company Capcom[3]. Thus began the Rock Man series. In 1990[4], Capcom held a Robot Master Art Contest to design 8 bosses for the next game in the series, Rock Man 4 Aratanaru Yabō!!(A New Ambition!!) (ロックマン 4 新たなる野望!!, Mega Man 4 in North America)[5]. There were 70,000 submissions competing and it took quite some time to narrow it down to just 8 designs[5]. Of the 8 designs chosen, Yusuke Murata’s Dust Man was one of them[4]. Yusuke was only 12 years old[4] (or 13 years old[6]) and is the only person to win the Robot Master Art Contest twice after he later won the Rock Man 5 contest with Crystal Man[6]. Yusuke eventually becomes the artist who creates the popular anime/manga Eyeshield 21 as well as the apprentice of Takeshi Obata, creator of the anime/manga Death Note[4]. Rock Man 4 hits the shelves of Japan December 6, 1991 and later, on January 8, 1992[11], in North America (Even later in Europe August 1993[5]) This marks the first appearance of Dust Man ever. (This is also my first Mega Man game ever to which I thought Dust Man was a TV-headed robot master lol)

Keiji Inafune, creator of Mega Man[3]
      Yusuke Murata, creator of Dust Man and manga artist for Eyeshield 21[4]


The following is a list (in chronological order) of all other appearances Dust Man has made in other Mega Man related games, shows and books:

-Rockman World 3 (ロックマンワールド3) aka Mega Man III for the Game Boy releases in Japan December 11, 1992, the same month and year in North America and 1993 in Europe[9].

-Rock Man Soccer (ロックマンズサッカー) aka Mega Man Soccer is released in Japan February 17, 1994[8] and March 25, 1994[11] in North America.

-Rockman 4Koma Great March (ロックマン4コマ大行進 Rokkuman Yonkoma Dai Koushin) is a four frame comic making parodies of the Original Mega Man series as well as Mega Man Soccer. Released only in Japan in 1994 and featured Dust Man cleaning a mess. Artists that drew these 4 framers were Hitoshi Ariga, Kazuhiko Midou, Izumi Mito and Akihiro Tominaga[17].



-On September 11, 1994, the first Ruby Spears Mega Man cartoon is aired. October 30, 1994 airs the episode "The Incredible Shrinking Mega Man,” which features Dust Man[7] voiced by Terry Klassen[18] (I believe).

-Rockman: The Power Battle​ (ロックマン・ザ・パワーバトル) aka Mega Man: The Power Battle, releases in Japan on January 1, 1995 and later in 2004 for North America as part of the Mega Man Anniversary Collection for PlayStation 2, Nintendo GameCube and Xbox. An adaption of this game was also released for the Neo Geo Pocket Color on July 30, 2000 titled Rockman: Battle & Fighters (ロックマン バトル&ファイターズ)[10][11].

Mega Man: The Power Battle Speed Run

(Dust Man fight at 0:57 in video and apparently his weakness is Plant Shield)
Video thanks to MonsterDany.


-Rockman & Forte (ロックマン&フォルテ) aka Mega Man and Bass was released in Japan April 24, 1998 for the Super Famicom (Super Nintendo) and it featured a small profile of Dust Man within the data base files that you had to find throughout the game. The later re-released for the GBA in Japan August 10, 2002, North America - March 11, 2003 and Europe - March 21, 2003[12].CD Data description in Japanese: さまざまなゴミをすいこんであっしゅくしょりするじどうゴミしょりロボット。そのきょうりょくなきゅういんりょくにめをつけたワイリーがせんとうようにかいぞうした とくしゅぶきは、ダストクラッシャーじゃ。[14]Translated: A robot that sucks in and collects garbage. He hates it when his opening gets clogged by all the garbage he collects.
Other data listed:
"Don't let me suck in something that's weird."
Good Point: He's a heavy eater
Bad Point: His breath stinks
Likes: End of the year cleaning
Dislikes: Pollen[15]

-Rockman Megamix (ロックマンメガミックス), a Mega Man manga drawn by Hitoshi Ariga, started in Japan back in 1997. When March 7, 2003 got around, Rockman Megamix Vol.2 featured Dust Man on quite a few pages[13].

Hitoshi Ariga
NOTE: Dust Man also appears on Page 39, but is barely visible since a text bubble covers him. The text bubble covering him contains the sentence: "We're supposed to be brothers..."
AND he MAY be on page 48 in the lower right corner of the page, but it is hard to tell.

-Battle Network Rockman EXE 6​ (バトルネットワーク ロックマンエグゼ6): Dennōjū Falzer (電脳獣ファルザー) aka MegaMan Battle Network 6: Cybeast Falzar, not a relation to the original Mega Man series but of the EXE or Battle Network Series, finally features Dust Man.EXE. This is a recreation of Dust Man where Navi's represent Robot Masters and other important characters in the Mega Man series so he looks quite different. The versions of this game hit shelves in Japan November 23, 2005, North America - June 13, 2006 and Europe - June 16, 2006[16]. Dust Man's operator is Mister Press and Mega Man.EXE can crossfuse with Dust Man.EXE. Dust Man, for the first time, is considered an ally.

Resource Links:
1.   http://www.vachunter.com/history.htm
2.   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vacuum_cleaner
3.   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keiji_Inafune
4.   http://www.enotes.com/topic/Yusuke_Murata
5.   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mega_Man_4
6.   http://www.themmnetwork.com/wiki/index.php?title=Dust_Man
7.   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mega_Man_(TV_series)
8.   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mega_Man_Soccer
9.   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mega_Man_III_(Game_Boy)
10. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mega_Man:_The_Power_Battle
11. http://www.giantbomb.com/dust-man/94-1565/
12. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rockman_%26_Forte
13. http://megaman.wikia.com/wiki/Mega_Man_Megamix
14. http://megaman.wikia.com/wiki/Dust_Man
15. http://www.gamefaqs.com/snes/562644-rockman-and-forte/faqs/19725
16. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mega_Man_Battle_Network_6
17. http://megaman.wikia.com/wiki/Rockman_4Koma_Great_March
18. http://www.behindthevoiceactors.com/Terry-Klassen