In 1975, B. "Hap" Kliban published Cat, the first book to feature his famous tabby cat character, what he called ''one hell of a nice animal, frequently mistaken for a meat loaf.'' A chord was struck that went beyond mere cat lovers. The image of a red sneaker-wearing cat was perfectly in step with the distinctly American love of Pop.

In 1975, B. "Hap" Kliban published Cat, the first book to feature his famous tabby cat character, what he called ''one hell of a nice animal, frequently mistaken for a meat loaf.'' A chord was struck that went beyond mere cat lovers. The image of a red sneaker-wearing cat was perfectly in step with the distinctly American love of Pop.

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