Eli’s Cartoon Caption Contest No. 140

Contest No. 140 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, November 13, 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. Do you think your mother
    Do you think your mother would like a card that mentions the house in Nantucket?

  2. “This one says ‘Hoppy
    “This one says ‘Hoppy Berthday’. No wonder they’re in the discount card section.”

  3. Do you have anything that
    Do you have anything that says “I really really care, but not more than this 99 cent card.”

  4. Do you have one that says “I
    Do you have one that says “I think you’re really cute, and what time do you get off work from the card shop?”

  5. This one has a picture of a
    This one has a picture of a lake on it. If I send it to my boss, do you think he’ll know I really just want him to go jump in it?

  6. “Although, celebration-worthy
    “Although celebration-worthy . . . the passing of a stone is apparently, NOT an occasion!”

  7. “Sorry Honey, there’s none!
    “Sorry Honey, there’s none! You might be onto something,
    though . . . maybe, you should start your own line
    of “Thinking of Me,” Cards.”

  8. “Yes, Miss …I’m looking for
    “Yes, Miss . . . I’m looking for a specific Congratulations
    Card for a coworker — with, Congratulations on the promotion,
    Back Stabber!”

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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).