Dave Berg, 81, a cartoonist who affectionately spoofed...

Deaths Elsewhere

May 25, 2002

Dave Berg, 81, a cartoonist who affectionately spoofed what he called "the human condition" in the pages of Mad magazine for more than 40 years, died in Los Angeles on May 16 of cancer.

Mr. Berg, who began working for Mad as a free-lancer in 1956, created the satirical magazine's enduring "The Lighter Side of" comic strip in 1961.

He often put friends, family members and colleagues into his cartoons, among them Mad's late publisher William M. Gaines, whose head appeared mounted, like a deer's, on a wall. He also drew himself into the strip regularly, as Roger Kaputnik, an everyman with an always-present pipe.

His final "Lighter Side" panels are scheduled for the September issue, marking the magazine's 50th anniversary.

John Bloom, 96, an artist who studied with Grant Wood and became known in the Midwest for his paintings of farm scenes, died Tuesday in Davenport, Iowa.

Early in his career, Mr. Bloom's work caught the eye of Mr. Wood, who invited Mr. Bloom to work with him. During the Depression, they worked on several mural projects, and Mr. Bloom later received commissions to do similar work in post offices in DeWitt and Tipton.

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