Community Press Service, 1998


  1. I know I must be missing something obvious. I don’t get what’s happening in this cartoon. What is the round black thing on the dogs back?….and what is the woman doing with her finger?

  2. Ok…. I just realized that the woman simply has her hand on the chair arm….but otherwise I still have no clue.

  3. Ok…. is the black thing behind the dogs back a boxing glove? That would make sense maybe but to me it does not look much like a boxing glove. I kept trying to figure out what it was. I first thought is that a bomb, or a wrecking ball or
    a radio.

    I suppose I’m just getting slow in my old age.

  4. Feel free not to print my comments from earlier today. The cartoon is very good now that it finally registered with me. For some reason the boxing glove just didn’t come into focus with me and I thought the paw behind his back was part of a collar or a leash.

  5. I guess that confusing cartoons are my specialty. You’re not the only one who has had trouble with this one — I’ve gotten similar complaints from other people. Thanks for taking the time to figure it out (you are perfectly correct), and I’ll try to be clearer in the future.

  6. Great cartoon, I figured it out ….after my wife told me the dog had has his paw in a boxing glove behind his back.
    I will never complain about your cartoons…. I get a great deal of enjoyment from each and every one of them.

  7. Thanks for the two captions, Michael Lomazow, but this is not Caption Contest time. The new Contest will start tomorrow, with a new, unpublished captionless drawing, as usual. This cartoon is simply an ongoing addition to my archive of published cartoons. I hope this clears up your confusion.

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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).