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B. Kliban
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Artist
    (January 1, 1935-August 12, 1990)
    Born in New York City, New York
    Birth name was Bernard Kliban
    Cartoonist for Playboy (1962-90)
    Cartoon collections include 'Cat' (1975), 'Never Eat Anything Bigger Than Your Head and Other Drawings' (1976), 'Whack Your Porcupine and Other Drawings' (1977), 'Tiny Footprints' (1978), 'Two Guys Fooling Around with the Moon' (1982), 'Luminous Animals and Other Drawings' (1983), 'The Biggest Tongue in Tunisia and Other Drawings' (1986) and 'Advanced Cartooning' (1993)
    He hated his first name and refused to use it.
    He dropped out of college to roam Europe.
    One of his first jobs was drawing pictures of the showgirls at a club in the red light district of San Francisco.
    He was reclusive.
    Except for his heavily-merchandised 'Cats,' his work is not well-known.
    He admitted, 'I'm doing the cat calendars strictly for the bucks, but it's pretty agonizing.'
    His humor was often surreal.
    He said the biggest thrill of his life was receiving an admiring letter from Monty Python's Michael Palin.
    He stuck with Playboy in appreciation for the artistic freedom they allowed him.
    He influenced Gary Larson.
    The Meat Puppets took their name from one of his cartoons.
    He said, 'I find it amazing to be making money at what I like doing.'

Credit: C. Fishel


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