Eli’s Cartoon Caption Contest No. 138

Contest No. 138 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. Also, no captions at all will be posted for the first few days of each contest. This is to give everybody a chance to submit their spontaneous, gut-instinct caption without fear of discovering that it was ripped off by somebody else’s similar spontaneous, gut-instinct caption. This is an equal opportunity contest!

There is no limit on the number of captions you may enter for each drawing, but I will only post and consider the first 15 captions from any contestant. 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, September 18, 2018.  

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. “Is this – GOT THE GROOM …
    “Is this – GOT THE GROOM … NEED A ROOM, service? Yes, I’d like to book the Honeymoon Suite, for next week please.”

  2. “Richard, I know it’s short
    “Richard, I know it’s short notice, but I’m going to have to cancel our date for tomorrow night.”

  3. “Is this … ASK AL – RADIO
    “Is this … ASK AL – RADIO REVIEW? I have a question! What are the top 3 validation signs … indicating CUBIC ZARCONIA?”

  4. “My fiancee was just in
    “My fiancee was just in yesterday, buying an engagement ring. What is the grace period, for exchanges?”

  5. “Who is Ancestry? What do you
    “Who is Ancestry? What do you mean … you just found out
    that I’m your half-brother?”

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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).