Was Zim the first character to ever do the whole "tiny guy with spider legs coming out of backpack to move around" thing?
I could have sworn i remember Dexter doing that on Dexter lab a few times.
Was there a character that did it before that? Besides maybe Doc Ock, who else uses long spindly legs to carry themselves around.
Ive noticed the kid in One Punch Man does that.
When I was kid, before Invader Zim, I made one character that was permanently stuck in a metal straitjacket of sorts, and could only do anything by projecting psychic limbs, like spider legs, to move around.
I'm pretty sure I didn't made that up by myself, I must have seen something similar somewhere.
Maybe Pinky and the Brain? Brain was always coming up with crazy things like that.
Alternatively Pookie from Mother 3? That came out in 2006 but it has to have some precedent. in the series I would think (I've never played past the beginning of EarthBound and Mother 1 by myself). Surely some anime popularized it, like Astro Boy.
Wild Wild West came out in 1999 and it feels referential to something else.
The legs coming out of the back thing was first started by dr octopus, but ti has been readapted and redone countless times.
I remember being a kid and having a character like that and im pretty sure I wasnt that original to have created that concept.
its a visual key idea taken from the Tripods in war of the worlds.
The idea of the long spindly legs holding something up that is utterly alien comes from it.
The eyeball spider from Jonny Quest is from 1964.
Doctor Octopus showed up in 1963. But I dont know if he walked around on the legs in his first few appearances or not.
The eyeball thing was deffinatley the frist thing to do the "tiny thing carried by big spider legs", but that was probably borrowed from War of the Worlds.