Eli’s Cartoon Caption Contest No. 182

Contest No. 182 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. 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, January 19, 2022.

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. This one goes back to my very earliest days of submitting cartoons to publications, in the mid-1950’s. When I started sending them out, on a free-lance, speculative basis, I numbered the cartoons on the back, to keep track of them. This one has the number 33 on it. I’ve sold thousands of cartoons over the years, each one consecutively numbered, and have thousands more that never sold, so you better believe that this one is a real oldie. Let’s see if you can do any better with it, Captioneers!


  1. “I don’t know why your young gentleman left, honey . . . I just asked if he would prefer to call me ‘Dad’, or Stan!”

  2. “Well, Cindy, please invite the boy in. I’d like to hear what he knows about insurance underwriting?”

  3. “Good news, daddy’s girl . . . you don’t have to rush to get
    ready . . . your date’s gone to get a proper haircut!”

  4. “I think Oprah’s wrong, Hon . . . venting my aches and
    pains to the empty chair, just doesn’t cut it!”

  5. “You wouldn’t believe how self-absorbed my boss is,
    Vera . . . he’s oblivious to everybody and everything!”

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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).