Eli’s Cartoon Caption Contest No. 39

Contest No. 39 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, July 31, 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

This is the drawing that needs your funny caption. It's a really old drawing, by the way, one that dates back to my earliest days of cartooning (remember, "we all have to start somewhere"). I would say it was drawn in the early 1950's. Try not to be distracted by the awkward cartooning style — and please try to come up with a caption that's better than my original one! Good luck.


  1. It’s called “A Study on the
    It’s called “A Study on the Impermanence of Art,” and it only cost $1 million!

  2. “Yes, its a snowman, but we
    “Yes, it’s a snowman, but we have a more urgent matter that needs attention … your suit. ”

  3. 1. “I wouldn’t display it
    1. “I wouldn’t display it next to your fireplace.”

    2. “It’s part of our summer sale.”

    3. “It’s Rodin’s first attempt at ‘The Thinker'”

    4. “You can have it for a cool million.”

    5. “He’s a Renascence Snowman.”

  4. 1. “The taxidermist said this
    1. “The taxidermist said this hunting trophy was particularly hard to work on.”

    2. “The corncob pipe broke during shipping.

    3. “The appraisers said your $500,000 Rodin snow sculpture is a fraud. Turns out some 8 year old kid in the neighborhood made it last week.”

    4. “Your wife said she doesn’t care where you keep it as long as it’s not in our walk in freezer.”

    5. “Rodin’s signature just melted off. It’s now only worth five bucks.”

  5. You’ll never see this on any
    You’ll never see this on any of those shopping channels… now, will you?

  6. You’ll even get the ice tongs
    You’ll even get the ice tongs thrown in, at no charge, when you purchase this baby!

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Welcome to the Eli Stein Cartoon archive. To begin, read my introduction and personal notes, and then please look at the cartoons, which are categorized by either decade, publication name or topic. I’ve included some personal comments, memories and photos below many of the cartoons. I’ll be adding cartoons, memories and photos ad infinitum. Remember, your comments are appreciated (just click on the “comment” link at the bottom of each post).