Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 166


Contest No. 166 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. However, 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, October 20, 2020.   

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.




Charles Preston 1921-2020


I was very sorry to hear that Charles Preston passed away on October 2nd, at the age of 98.

He was the cartoon editor of the "Pepper . . . and Salt" humor panel in The Wall Street Journal. As a matter of fact, he was the instigator of the feature, which in the old days consisted of a gag cartoon and a sidebar of humorous prose in every issue. Apparently it took a great deal of effort on his part to convince the managing editors that the paper needed a touch of levity. The first appearance of a cartoon was on June 6, 1950, and they are still appearing daily, although now greatly reduced in size.

As far as I know, Mr. Preston stayed active in choosing the cartoons for all those years, and he hardly ever repeated the same cartoonist for two days in a row. I think it's safe to say that many hundreds, maybe even thousands, of gag cartoonists (like myself) have appeared there over the decades. Mr. Preston was a renaissance man in every sense of the word, but he also found time to edit and compile many anthologies of cartoons, both of Wall Street Journal reprints and of original gag cartoons on a variety of topics.

I still prefer to remember him the way I first met him, as I entered his office sometime in 1956. In those days he cut an impressive figure of a dashing young man (he was just a few years older than me), and he seemed to be in constant motion -- just couldn't sit still for a minute.

Unfortunately, the only photo op I had with Mr. Preston was many years later, on November 1, 1999. The occasion was a celebration and exhibit of 50 years of "Pepper . . . and Salt" that was held at the World Financial Center in Manhattan (one of the World Trade Center buildings that no longer exists). Here are some photos of the two of us at that event. Sorry to say I can't identify the woman standing next to Mr. Preston in the last photo.

Charles Preston. RIP.

 




Bureau of Business Practice, 1990





Insurance Sales, 1981





Winner of Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 165


                                           "Can we visit 2019?"

                                                 (by Kelasher)

 

My original caption: "The problem is I'm going on an ego trip and he's going on a guilt trip."

 

Hearty congratulations, Kelasher, on your big victory (win number twelve, according to my calculations). Once again, you have proven to the world that you are indeed one of the funniest people around.

These are the other captions that, in my humble opinion, merited serious consideration for top honors:

"Would you consider giving my husband a 'partial refund' . . . for the distance he had to swim back to shore?" (by Kay Ralph)

"We'd like to go somewhere more relaxing, like the tip of an active volcano." (by Marc Eliot Stein)

"Do you have any vacations that don't require leaving our house?" (by Jonathan Stein)

"Oh no, don't bother with the cruise cancellation insurance he said. What could possibly go wrong he said." (by Ronn Roxx)

"Does a singles cruise to Cancun meet the minimum guidelines for social distancing from my husband?" (by Charles Vaughan)

"Stop pushing your romantic destinations . . . we've been married for 35 years." (by Cary Antebi)

"He's only going to be happy if you can offer him a time travel package away from the year 2020." (by Gary)

 

There'll be a new contest popping up in just a few short weeks. Keep up the good work, Captioneers!




Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 165


Contest No. 165 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. However, 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, September 22, 2020.   

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, 1989





National Examiner, December 31, 1991





Winner of Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 164


"In other news, spontaneous rigor mortis continues to plague the tri-state area."

                                                (by Rich Wolf)

 

My original caption: "ATTENTION, TAX CHEATERS . . . !"

 

Good work, Rich Wolf -- this is your eighth win, and you can once again bask in the glory of being one of the funniest people around. Congratulations!

Lots of election captions this time, and of course a few on the pandemic. Unfortunately, none of them made it to the top.

Here are the other captions that almost made the grade:

" . . . and that's tonight's news. We tell it like it is, so you can sit back and relax!" (by Brendan Gannon)

"We know little about the corona virus but doctors are now saying you can catch it from your local anchor man." (by Cary Antebi)

"Give it a try . . . the newest craze . . . 'Planking for seniors'!" (by Kay Ralph)

"A relaxation exercise for these difficult times: tense up, tense up, tense up . . . good! Now relax. I said, relax. Are you okay, sir? (by Sharon)

"Coming up, signs that you may be getting too much iron." (by Keith Huie)

 

A new contest will be up in a few short weeks -- thanks for keeping those captions coming!

 

 

 




Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 164


Contest No. 164 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. However, 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, August 25, 2020.   

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.

 




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