Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    Dave Berg (as David Berg) MAD #38 Original Illustrations "Baby Sitting May Ruin Our Nation!" Group of 7 (EC, 1958). Berg is usually associated with the snarky "Dave Berg Looks at..." series, long a staple of MAD. His earlier work, as seen here, leans more toward the narrative style of MAD's founder, Harvey Kurtzman, whose influence persisted long after Kurtzman's mid-1950s departure. This fine array finds Berg imagining a takeover of the babysitting profession by organized crime. The sitters, of course, are tough mugs and hard-boiled dames straight out of Old Hollywood's mobster-movie tradition. One illustration pays homage to The New Yorker's Charles Addams, and to Lon Chaney's 1925 star turn in The Phantom of the Opera. Berg's studio stamp is imprinted, on the reverse. Ink and chemical shading over graphite on CrafTint Doubletone Board. Image areas range from 11" x 5" to 17" x 15". Light toning and minimal handling wear. Excellent condition.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    March, 2020
    5th-8th Thursday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 13
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 440

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    20% of the successful bid (minimum $19) per lot.

    Jerry Weist's Comic Art Price Guide 2011
    Want to know more about this artist? Dates, history, background, and value ranges are covered in the comprehensive new guide. Order Now!
    Sold on Mar 8, 2020 for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)
    Track Item

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Only 1 day left to consign to the 2021 July 9 - 10 Video Games Signature Auction!

    Learn about consigning with us

    I'm very happy to endorse HA's well-thought-through approach to their Signature Auction prospects and clients.
    Jonathan King,
    Berkeley, CA
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search