Community Press Service, 1986

Graphic Arts Monthly, 1985

Winner of Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 153

                                 "Do you have any marshmallows?"

                                                   (by Sharon)

                     "Will I also get a long fork to roast marshmallows?"

                                                (by David Grand)


My original caption: "Of course I lied, cheated and knifed my friends and colleagues. How else can you move up the corporate ladder?"


Yes, it's another tie! I couldn't resist the roasted marshmallows. Congratulations to Sharon (seventh big victory) and to David Grand for his very first victory. You can now both bask in the glory of being two of the funniest people around.

I have to admit  I always liked my own original caption, as shown above. Over the years, I drew several versions of this cartoon, all with similar-but-slightly-differently-worded captions -- but none of them were ever bought or published.

Here are the other submissions that I was seriously considering for top honors:

"I'm allergic to smoke." (by Rich Wolf)

"I have a question . . . all these people in hell, where do they tell people to go????" (by Dom Mancino)

"I thought I signed up for a nudist colony." (by Diane)

"You should really think about cutting your carbon emissions." (by Jonathan Stein)

"But I was just slightly bad. Can't you just send me to 'Heck'?" (by Cary Antebi)


Thanks for participating, captioneers. Look for the next contest in just a few short weeks.



Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 153

Contest No. 153 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. You will also be asked to verify that you are a human being and not a robot. Please follow the instructions in the "Captcha" box. 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, 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 Tuesday, November 12, 2019.   

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.

Bureau of Business Practice, 1998

NASSP News Leader, 1988

Dartnell, 1991

NASSP News Leader, 1990

(Note: This cartoon was purchased and published in 1990, so the year 1994 was appropriate for this kid.)

Dartnell, 1992

Winner of Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 152

                   "It says we're lucky we have homeowner's insurance."

                                               (by Rich Wolf)


My original caption: "My fortune cookie says that this restaurant will not accept our two-for-one coupon."


This is a seventh big victory for Rich Wolf, and two consecutive ones, since he won Contest No. 151 also. Congrats, Rich, you're solidly in as one of the funniest people around -- but can you keep it up? Only time . . . and maybe a fortune cookie . . . will tell.

What's with all the captions about mysterious, deadly Chinese food, anyway? I say let's give them a break! (I also say that I've pretty much switched to Japanese sushi restaurants).

Here are the other captions that I was seriously considering for top honors:

"You're breaking up with me?" (also by Rich Wolf)

"What do you mean . . . yours has the waiter's phone number?" (by Kay Ralph)

"Looking at the price we've just paid for the meal, these must be Cost a Fortune Cookies." (by ken wilkinson)

"I hate this "Lucky 8 Ball" restaurant. My fortune just says 'Try again tomorrow.'" (by RonnRoxx)

A new Contest will be coming up in a few short weeks -- please keep on the lookout for it.


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