Eli’s Cartoon Caption Contest No. 208

Contest No. 208 starts right now.

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. To enter, 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”. There is no charge to submit captions, and the only prize is the honor of being one of the funniest people around.

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 will 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. Every posted caption that you enter has a notation as to the date and time it was received. 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 reveal my original caption. I am the sole judge and the winning caption will be the one I deem to be the funniest one submitted (not necessarily the one that matches or comes closest to my original caption).

The cut-off time and date for you to send in your captions is midnight Wednesday, January 17, 2024.

Good luck, Captioneers, and I wish you all a Happy and Healthy 2024!

Below is the drawing that needs your funny captions. 


  1. “If you want the parole board to seriously consider your early release request you need to come up with something better than ‘I’m bored’.”

  2. “I’m too busy for small talk. Why don’t you send me an email the next time you get computer access time in the prison library?”

  3. “I don’t have much time for small talk. You might try sending me a Facebook message next time you get computer access time in the prison library.”

  4. “Since you’re a famous country musician the warden said I should document every detail of your stay. Do you hear the train a comin?”

  5. “During an interview at Folsom Prison in the early 1950’s a soon to be paroled, struggling musician, ‘Johnny Cash’, was asked: ‘Do you hear the train a-comin’?”

  6. It is very impressive that you got a ‘B’ plus in your grade eight class, but I prefer to do my own work.

  7. “That doesn’t look like the face of a man that is getting out in just a few, short days.”

    ” I was just remembering the taste of my wife’s cooking.”

  8. “If you want to be a honest politician tell voters that you’re a lying, corrupt, thief, void of all morals.”

  9. I know you smart-alecky whippersnappers think it’s inefficient to use a typewriter rather than a computer but at least you can’t hack my stuff and we’re certainly not lacking for time in this hellhole of a place.

  10. “I’m being paroled soon but rest assured I’ll give you your half of the royalties as soon as you get out in 99 years.”

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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).