Eli’s Cartoon Caption Contest No. 113

Contest No. 113 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) click “Save”.

Your caption (or captions) will be posted after I review your submission.

There is no limit on the number of captions you can enter 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 send in your captions is midnight Tuesday, February 7, 2017.

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.

Below is the drawing that needs your funny captions.


  1. I don’t know either . . .
    I don’t know either . . . what do *you* think ‘fish processing plant’ means?

  2. “He’s just waiting for all of
    “He’s just waiting for all of us to turn around so he can be the leader again.”

  3. “Obviously, our school doesn
    “Obviously, our school doesn’t accept the ‘No Child Will Be Left Behind’ educational bill.”

  4. “Herb’s playing it safe,
    “Herb’s playing it safe, knowing it’s the early fish that catches the worm.”

  5. “Sam’s just hoping the next
    “Sam’s just hoping the next big fish that comes along will lose his appetite before he gets to him.”

  6. “Will somebody go see if they
    “Will somebody go see if they can get him to stop shouting, ‘Down in front.'”

  7. “Harvey’s never been the same
    “Harvey’s never been the same since they threw him back in because he was too small.”

  8. When you’re ready to rethink
    When you’re ready to rethink your direction, you can swim your little tail back up to the front.

  9. Christmas is over… next the
    Christmas is over… next the menorah! Then we have to make the Valentine’s heart.

  10. “Remember the fish you meet
    “Remember the fish you meet on the way up because you’re going to meet the same fish on the way down.”

  11. 1. “Bob’s not very social.
    1. “Bob’s not very social. When he’s around other fish, he feels like a fish out of water.”

    2. “Phil hasn’t been the same since he lost his job as headmaster of the school.”

    3. “No fins, no scales, swims by himself…there’s something not kosher about him.”

    4. “That’s what you get for swimming standby.”

    5. “Looks like he’s flunking out of school.”

  12. “He’s so sensitive. All I
    “He’s so sensitive. All I said was, ‘Can you move a little, you’re blocking my view.'”

  13. “I don’t know what it is, but
    “I don’t know what it is, but something just doesn’t feel right.”

  14. That’s the big fish, Betsy
    That’s the big fish, Betsy DeVos, leading the way in the wrong direction…and there goes our school!

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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).