The rbl.cluecentral.net DNSBLs were created in 2001 or 2002 by Sabri Berisha. The goal: To list "all known assigned IPv4 address space, by originating AS and by country. [This is based on] a full routing view is extracted daily from a router in the default free zone. The AS->country mapping is done via the statistics which are being provided by the four RIR's, ARIN, APNIC, LACNIC and RIPE."
Created by Matthew Evans in 2002, the goal of the blackholes.us site was "to create (yet more) DNS blocklists of spammers, spam supporting ISPs, spamware hosts, dialup networks, and other notorious email abusers originating in the United States." Matthew published many different DNSBL zones, listing various countries, ISPs, netblocks, etc.