Day: October 4, 2017

Winner of Eli’s Cartoon Caption Contest No. 124

                                      “I meant please don’t ask any!”

                                                  (by Rich Wolf)


My original caption: “But, sir, all I said was ‘How do you do?’!”


Nice going, Rich Wolf — it’s a first win for you! You now join the ranks of one of the funniest people around. Congratulations!

I honestly feel that my original caption from many, many decades ago, as shown above, is funnier than any of the captions submitted by you captioneers. But what do I know? Scores of Cartoon Editors rejected my cartoon over the years. As I say in the rules of this contest, it was never bought or printed,  by even the lowest publication. So who’s right — me or them?

Here are the other captions I was seriously considering for top honors:

“I assure you everyone will ask that, Mr. Schemiel.” (by Brendan Gannon — by the way, Brendan, I believe that name should rightly be “Schlemiel”)

“No, the sign means, don’t you ask any embarrassing questions!” (by Tim Collins — a caption that was very similar to Rich Wolf’s, but I thought Wolf’s wording was funnier)

“But I ask everyone if they would like a lollipop.” (by Cary Antebi)

“When I asked you your name, how was I to know it’s Sue?” (also by Cary Antebi)

A new contest will appear in just a few short weeks — thanks to all of you for participating.

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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).