March 2012

Boardroom Lists, 1984


Another gag targeted strictly for the Direct Mail industry. And another cartoon that I shared my by-line with Boardroom Lists editor Brian Kurtz, since he supplied the gag and the wording for the caption. I can just about imagine what "continuation usage" means in the industry, but don't ask me to explain it. 

 






Cartoonist Al Ross -- October 19, 1911 - March 22, 2012


I'm sad to report that legendary cartoonist Al Ross has passed away. He was 100 years old.

I received these two brief messages from Al Ross's son, Arlen:

-- My father, Al Ross, passed away today at the age of 100 years young! He was simply the greatest, and will always live on through his art, and his thousands of fans and his offspring! The world was a far better place with him, and now is still the better for it! Love you Dad!

-- My father Al Ross, passed away today at the age of 100. He was even a greater painter and fine artist than he was a cartoonist, if that can be possible! Gone is the greatest there ever was!!! Long live my Dad, Al Ross!

Al Ross was one of four cartooning Roth brothers. The other three brothers, all deceased, published cartoons under the names Ben Roth, Salo and Irv Roir. In his heyday, Al Ross's gag cartoons appeared extensively in The New Yorker and in just about every other national or international cartoon-oriented publication.

In the past few years I've written several pieces here about Al and the other cartooning Roth brothers, and I even have several photos up, some of them pretty old. You can find all the material by clicking on "Eli's Corner" in the right-hand column. Al was also featured in my "We All Have to Start Somewhere Department" (No. 16). And in addition, you can find several very heart-warming "comments" under some of the postings, notes that came in over the years from the Roth family, friends and neighbors.

Rest in peace, Al Ross.

Al Ross at his 100th Birthday Party.






Winner of Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 33


"I guess you didn't get the memo about casual Friday." (by Levi)

 

My original caption: "It happens to be casual Friday."

Congratulations, Levi -- this is your third winning effort, confirming that you are indeed one of the funniest people around.

Yes, Levi's caption is very close to my original caption, but -- despite that -- I honestly felt that it was the funniest of all the captions submitted.

Some of the other entries that I was considering:

"I could look more presentable if I got better tips." (by Anne Noonan)

"Would you like your wine with glasses or just straight from the bottle?" (by Cary Antebi)

"We're out of napkins but you can use my shirt." (also by Cary Antebi)

My thanks to everybody who contributed. The next contest will be up before you know it.






Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 33


After a long delay, during which this website was being rebuilt, I'm ready to resume Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest.

Contest No. 33 starts right now.

Briefly, here are the details: I'll supply a drawing of one of my old cartoons that has never been published, leaving off my caption. You are invited to supply your funniest captions. Simply (1) click on "Add New Comment". Then (2) scroll down past any other submitted captions and type in your name and your caption in the spaces provided. Then (3) enter the anti-spam security code that assures me that you're a human being and not a machine, and (4) click "Save". There is no limit on the number of captions you can submit for each drawing.

Entries will be accepted and posted for one week, after which a winner will be announced and the winning caption will be printed. Below that I will also print my original caption. The cut-off time and date for you to submit your captions for this contest is midnight Tuesday, March 20, 2012.

I will be the sole judge. The winning caption will be the one I judge to be the funniest one submitted (not necessarily the one that matches or comes closest to my original caption).

Additional rules and regulations, for those of you who need such things, can be found here.

And here's the drawing that needs your funny captions:






Boardroom Lists, March 1986


One of the ECHO Award-winning ads that I mentioned before. These ads appeared in many Direct Mail-oriented publications. The gag was slanted strictly to the Direct Mail trade, and absolutely wouldn't make sense to anyone else. The caption was carefully worked over (until it was perfect) by Brian Kurtz, the editor of Boardroom Lists. I assume Brian also wrote the advertising copy.