Rocko’s Modern Life, Nickelodeon’s award winning cartoon from the early to mid 90’s, was often laden with double meanings. The series first aired in 1993, was about a wallaby named Rocko, and his friends Heffer and Filburt, and Rocko’s dog Spunky.
During the 4 seasons, the group had misadventures, thrills, and chills. The creator, Joe Murray, all but handed over the series to Stephen Hillenburg after the third season, relaxing to just a managerial position, but after the last season, he walked away, and Nickelodeon decided to cancel the series.
From 1996 to 1998, Nicktoons continued to air reruns, but then pulled those as well to make room for newer entertainment. The setting was in a place called “O-Town”, which could be construed to just about any town in the eastern portion of the United States, with places such as Chokey Chicken, Conglom-O Corporation, Heck, and Holl-O-Wood.
For a period of 7 months, starting in June of 1994, Marvel Comics purchased the license to reproduce Rocko’s Modern Life, and made monthly editions of the story line, having stories not carried in the series.