May 2012

The Wall Street Journal, 2001

Another cartoon for which I don't have a Wall Street Journal publication date. The above image was taken from a hardcover book, "The Wall Street Journal Portfolio of Golf Cartoons", edited by Charles Preston and published in 2001 by Dow Jones & Company. 

Winner of Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 36

"No Bertha, this wasn't on my bucket list."

(by Sharon)


My original caption: "How come I never hear from you any more? The least you could do is send me a penny postcard occasionally!"


Congratulations, Sharon -- this is your third win, so you can once again bask in the glory of being one of the funniest people around.

It was a very close contest -- I kept going back and forth between Sharon's caption and Gary's: "When you choose to do jail speed dating, you can't be that picky!".  But Sharon's bucket list finally won out over Gary's jail speed dating.

Other entries that I was considering:

"My cellmate creeps me out. He has no eyes or mouth!" (by Levi) -- clever and silly, and it made me laugh!

"It's great seeing you after all these many years, Martha. Martha? Martha? Hey, wake up!! (by Tom Nelson)

"Martha, I keep telling you . . . I'm not a bank teller, and I can't cash your checks." (by Cary Antebi)

"Let's see, we don't hug and kiss any more, we only talk to each other fifteen minutes a month, and I hang out every night with the boys . . . so nothing has really changed." (also by Cary Antebi)

"Why are you wearing a hat, coat and carrying a pocketbook when I'm the one visiting you?" (by Howard Garrett) -- a clever switch, and I liked it.

Interesting, isn't it, how many "old" women's names cropped up in the captions submitted? I'm talking about Bertha, Martha, Gladys, Agnes and Ethel. I guess this was no place for names like Madison, Samantha, Abigail, Sophia or Alyssa.

Good work, everyone -- keep your eyes peeled for the next contest, coming up soon.



Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 36

Contest No. 36 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) enter the anti-spam security code that assures me that you're a human being and not a machine, and (4) click "Save". There is no limit on the number of captions you can submit for each drawing.

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 submit your captions for this contest is midnight Tuesday, May 22, 2012.

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 caption. Since I drew this quite a while ago, I would like to make it clear that that's supposed to be a really elderly convict, talking to a really elderly visitor. Go for it!

The Wall Street Journal, 1982

Sorry to say, I don't have the exact date this cartoon was printed in The Wall Street Journal. The above image was taken from the book "Can Board Chairmen Get Measles? -- Thirty years of great cartoons from The Wall Street Journal" edited by Charles Preston and published in 1982 by Crown Publishers, Inc.

Five other cartoons of mine are included in that book, but the others have all been archived here by publication date.

Boardroom Lists, November 1985

Another award-winning advertisement from Boardroom. It appeared in several different trade magazines, and was targeted to the direct mail industry.

Winner of Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 35



"It's a new way to lose some weight!"

(by Lila)


My original caption: "I've lost twenty pounds since we bought it."

Congratulations, Lila, you're now officially one of the funniest people around!

Yes, once again the winning caption came very close to my original caption. I also liked both of Tom Nelson's captions:

"Since we can't afford the vibrating chair he really wanted, my husband is trying the next best thing. Rock music with the bass turned up."

And "It's called Heavy Metal massage therapy."

I thought all three captions were commercially-acceptable and worthy of publication, but Lila's had the winning edge.

Very few captions this time around. Where is Cary Antebi when we need him? I'll try to make the next contest easier -- no, no, not another psychiatrist couch or desert isle!!