I’m definitely a fan of Howard Chaykin’s dystopian political satire American Flagg! He did superb work on the series.
One of my favorite characters from the series is Raul, a talking orange tabby. Raul is both a source of comic relief and a close confidante to protagonist Reuben Flagg. At various times Raul makes sarcastic remarks, plays the piano, drinks himself silly, and operates heavily-armed attack helicopters.
Raul is such a very cat-like cat that I figured that Chaykin must have had at least one cat in real life. This was confirmed by Chaykin’s friend and occasional collaborator Don Cameron, who explained:
“Fun fact: Raul was based on a cat Howard had named Cochise who used to “mumble” all the time.”