Insurance Sales, February 1989





Machine Design, 1992





Winner of Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 119


                "Honey, I need a new electric shaver -- this one is broken."

                                           (by ken wilkinson)

 

My original caption: "Sorry -- you have the wrong generation." 

 

Wow, ken wilkinson, this makes two winners in a row! Congratulations again -- without a doubt you are one of the funniest people around.

There was a big quantity of captions from all of you this time, but what in the world happened to the quality? As I was making my final run through the submissions, I could barely find any to even consider for a winner. Dare I say it once again? In my humble opinion, I think my original caption, as bad as it was (it must have been bad, because it was never bought) was probably better than most of the entries. Let's all of us try to take it up a notch, okay?

Anyway, here are the other captions that were under consideration for top honors:

"What time do you eat dinner? I'll call you back." (by Susan Canaan)

"Yes, I'm Harry Meismendelfalinfeffersolakofsky . . . but you have the wrong number." (by Cary Antebi)

"I'm calling on my land-line phone, I don't have Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or Skype, and ...I don't even know what I'm talking about!" (also by Cary Antebi)

"So, what are you wearing?" (by Mel Tannenbaum)

"911? Yes, it's an emergency! I'm stuck in the past." (by sharon)

Sharpen those caption-writing pencils, folks -- a new contest will be up in just a couple of weeks. And don't get discouraged -- remember it's all supposed to be fun!

 

 

 




Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 119


Contest No. 119 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) click "Save".

Your caption (or captions) will be posted after I review your submission. Also, 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 caption. This is an equal opportunity contest!

There is no limit on the number of captions you can enter 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 send in your captions is midnight Tuesday, June 13, 2017.

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.




Report to Legal Management, 1996





"We All Have To Start Somewhere Department". Case in Point No. 19


Case in point Number 19 in this very irregular feature is . . . me.

In 1946, at the age of 14, I sent a letter to cartoonist Stan MacGovern at the New York Post. The Post in the 1940's was New York City's politically-liberal newspaper, owned and published by Dorothy Schiff, and it had a huge circulation all over town. That's just the opposite of what the Post is today, under the ownership of Australian Rupert Murdoch.

Anyway, one of the Post's exclusive comics at that time was Stan MacGovern's daily and weekend strip "Silly Milly", which ran the humor gamut from the ridiculous to the sublime. MacGovern had many "Departments", and in my note to him I suggested an idea for one of his running gags. In my exhuberance, I even sent him a drawing of the gag so he could see how it could work. 

The next thing I knew, the letter, the drawing and my gag appeared in a Silly Milly weekend strip and MacGovern built the rest of that day's strip around it. Here it is, and I guess I should mention at this point that Eli is my middle name and Isidore is my first name!  

Of course, I was delighted to see the strip and, as they say, the rest is history. So thank you, Stan MacGovern, wherever you are.

I usually finish my "We All Have To Start Somewhere Department" with a photo of the cartoonist, so here's one of me at age 14, give or take a year or two.




Medical Economics, November 27, 1995


In the mid-1990's, the monthly publication Medical Economics started running a feature called "Funny Bones", in which the editors showcased the work of some of the cartoonists who had been gracing their pages. As one of their featured contributors, I was invited to be a part of the running series. It would involve them purchasing a bunch of new cartoons from me, and would also include a photo and a short bio. Of course I was glad to accept and my wife took many photos of me at my drawing board (the photo they used is the one that I still show at the top of this archive/blog).

Here is the two-page spread that appeared. Note that the publication removed my signatures from the individual panels. 

Hopefully, you'll be able to zoom in on the pages for easier reading.




Winner of Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 118


           "I find this gets me more attention than my calling cards ever did."

                                             (by Ken Wilkinson)

 

My original caption: "You've screwed up our accounts for the last time, Nagle!"

 

Congrats to you, first-time winner Ken Wilkinson! You have now officially joined the ranks of "one of the funniest people around".

There weren't too many entries this time around, but I found the general quality of the captions submitted to be excellent. These are the others that I was seriously considering:

"I want my job back!" (by Anne Noonan)

"I hate being the one to tell you, Smithers, but it was me who bought your life insurance policy." (by Brendan Gannon)

"I'm a white collar man in a blue collar world." (by Rich Wolf)

"Yup, that's right. This is a hair hold up. I'll take it all in unmarked clumps." (by Ronn Roxx)

"I warned you about eating other people's lunch." (by Sagie Tvizer)

"Hand over your key to the executive bathroom." (by Cary Antebi)

"What, you never heard of a hostile takeover?" (also by Cary Antebi)

"I represent the stockholders." (also by Cary Antebi)

Nice work, everyone. Look for the next contest in just a couple of weeks.

 




Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 118


Contest No. 118 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) click "Save".

Your caption (or captions) will be posted after I review your submission. Also, 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 caption. This is an equal opportunity contest!

There is no limit on the number of captions you can enter 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 send in your captions is midnight Tuesday, May 23, 2017.

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.




National Business Employment Weekly, July 8, 1984





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