Eli’s Cartoon Caption Contest No. 174

Contest No. 174 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 “See Comments and Add Your Own”. Then (2) scroll down past any other submitted captions and type in your name and your caption in the spaces provided. You may also be asked to verify that you are a human being and not a robot, so please follow the instructions in the “Captcha” box. Then (3) click “Save”.

Your caption (or captions) will be posted after I review your submission. However, 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 Wednesday, June 9, 2021.

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. “Well son, in the 60’s mother and I were underground lefties, but later pivoted to the moral majority before going main steam conservative. So you can be anything you want!”

  2. “I used to empty my piggy bank to buy my dad a great Fathers Day present. Just sayin’.”

  3. No, it will be much more fun than going to the playground to sit around here reading the newspaper.

  4. ¨There, there, grandson… you’re far too young to worry about
    ‘male pattern baldness!’¨

  5. ¨As Grampa’s sole heir…. all of my ‘Wilf Carter’ records will belong to
    you one day!¨

  6. ¨Jake… when I agreed to surfing with you this weekend… Papa thought
    you meant ‘surfing the net!’¨

  7. ¨Maybe we had better ‘sit’ on your current allowance for the time being,
    son . . . I wouldn’t want to put you into a higher ‘Tax bracket!’¨

  8. ¨If someone had told me, sixty years ago, that my future grandson
    would be complaining that they ‘couldn’t’ attend school… I wouldn’t
    have believed it!¨

  9. “The Feds are moving us tonight. We can’t take much more than the cash I stole from the mob.”

  10. “ But grandpa, I don’t want to watch Fox News!”

    “Someday all this chaos will be yours!”

  11. “Sure, you can have an allowance, son. Let’s start with taking my barbells up to the attic.”

  12. “Your Grandma is coming for a few days. Unfortunately, I have an unexpected trip out of town.”

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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).