That is Priceless by Steve Melcher for October 02, 2023

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    BE THIS GUY  8 months ago

    Marcus Attilius choice of Livin’ on a Prayer as his entrance music did not build confidence among his fans.

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    Solstice*1947  8 months ago

    /// “Sorry, Spartacus, we’re only able

    in a painting to show half the fable.

    We’ll paint combat by sword,

    but your slave-girl reward

    has to wait for the movies and cable.”

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    rmremail  8 months ago

    Dark Helmet enters the arena

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    Call me Ishmael  8 months ago

    “Look on the bright side, kid. It could have been a lion..”

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    Call me Ishmael  8 months ago

    Nuthin’s more nefarious than a nasty retiarius in the mor-ornin…

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    Say What Now‽ Premium Member 8 months ago

    “Wait a minute, that other guy also has weapons!”

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    Wilde Bill  8 months ago

    “Did you know that you swish when you walk? Not that I’m looking…”

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    Call me Ishmael  8 months ago

    There once was a retiarius/

    Who went by the name of Marius/

    With his trident and net/

    He worked up a sweat/

    But as “weaponry” those are precarious..///

    Though Marius was fast on his feet/

    One secutor* proved equally fleet,/

    Twas his only reverse, so/

    It’s “pollice verso”/

    Marius left the sand on a sheet.

    *secutor ( literally “follower” or “pursuer”) is the guy with armor and shield. “Pollice verso” means thumbs down- finish him off.

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    Ubintold  8 months ago

    Okay, but I’m off on Sunday.

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    Jayalexander  8 months ago

    You’re on next, Don’t Break A Leg. You’ll be toast.

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    ronaldspence  8 months ago

    if i win can i have the rest of the sport coat! This one sleeve not is embarrassing

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    PraiseofFolly  8 months ago

    “Rufus, you’re not one who easily scares

    I’ve seen you fight fierce boars and bears.

    But these cougars against whom you will now guard

    Are drunk old gals so much love-starved

    Their gropes cause malfunctioned costume tears!


    “Remember you’re paid but to tease

    With full monty some ladies you might please.

    But unless you want an awkward arrest,

    You’ll not be indecently undressed

    Exposed to eyes and to the breeze!


    “Despite what Messalina does enjoy

    You are more than a mere XXL boy toy.

    Your sword and shield are but props

    And battle feints to draw your blood short stops

    So just grin and bare it, my dear boy.”

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    jel354  8 months ago

    Are they playing the Lions?

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    jdculhane46  8 months ago

    Apparently, the promoter thought all this crap would make the checkers tournament more exciting

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    MS72  8 months ago

    Don’t forget: Targeting with your helmet is forbidden, and will result in a trip to the lions den.

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    phritzg Premium Member 8 months ago

    Maybe he has a chance with Britney Spears.

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    Lady loves a joke  8 months ago

    He has the look of Tom, from the old Tom and Jerry cartoons, when he’s being compelled to a girl, sometimes by the scent of her perfume.

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    Buzzworld  8 months ago

    Who remembers “What’s a happy Roman? A gladiator.” ba dom tish

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    [Traveler] Premium Member 8 months ago

    I can’t go out there! We’re wearing the same outfit!

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    wincoach Premium Member 8 months ago

    Right before walking out, Finnius asked Cassus, “does this loincloth make my butt look big?”

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    Linguist  8 months ago

    “Go, Machista! Kill the Athenian dog!”

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    aerotica69  8 months ago

    Quick, check my backside for any trailing restroom detritus.

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    Rev Phnk Ey  8 months ago

    Spartacus trying out his new open toe Nikes.

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    Indianapolis Smith  8 months ago

    Wait… Just how old IS Taylor Swift?

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    MuddyUSA  Premium Member 8 months ago

    You only have one fight today…some guy called Hercules!

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    PraiseofFolly  8 months ago

    Somehow the Julius Fučík instrumental composition for band, known as “Entrance Of the Gladiators” (AKA “Thunder and Blazes”) doesn’t strike me as the right tone for a bloody gladiatorial match. To me it is circus music connected with clown antics and the spectacle of circus performers marching into the main tent.

    But I suppose ancient crowds considered gladiatorial matches more like bloody football games, where injuries were expected, even cheered. Gladiators had royal sponsors, and bets were made. They likely had groupies and trysts with women, and men, among the upper classes. Movies have likely falsely shaped our modern image of such spectacles.

    Played by military band:

    Wikipedia, “Entrance of the Gladiators”:


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    Honorable Mention In The Banjo Toss Premium Member 8 months ago

    Well, it beats flipping burgers. Of course, you may end up as burger.

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    stamps  8 months ago

    And here, unexpectedly, comes the Spanish Inquisitor,

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    The Wolf In Your Midst  8 months ago

    The progenitor of the “Jeff Goldblum Macho Strut”: the Spartacus Confident Stride.

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    Calvins Brother  8 months ago

    “Heigh-ho, Heigh-ho, It’s off to work I go."

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    Calvins Brother  8 months ago

    “Well, Thanks for coming. Write when you get work.”

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    anomaly  8 months ago

    Taylor’s a bit older than I thought.

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    Linguist  8 months ago

    “morituri te salutant”

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    KEA  8 months ago

    gladiators (so named for their short swords-gladius in Latin) had THE neatest helmets

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    Mike Baldwin creator 8 months ago

    see you later gladiator

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    mabrndt Premium Member 8 months ago

    The Gladiator

    Paste (including the quote marks) 

    "Category:Paintings of gladiators" Wikimedia 

    (syntax supported by the Google, Bing, Yahoo, DuckDuckGo, Ecosia, and Yandex search engines) in the browser address bar (or search for it using one of those search engines) and choose the first Category: found and once there find the text string 1868, and click its link for info and links that point to more info about this large painting.


    Again, a larger strip image is shown by (Ctrl- or right-) clicking the image in Mr. Melcher’s MASTERPIECE #3196 (October 1, 2023) blog entry, accessible by the Check out the blog! box after the last comment, and using the dropdown menu (even larger, if you trim what’s after .png from the URL). I have added a comment there (awaiting Mr. Melcher’s approval) pointing to info about this artist I used to point to here. Only work by him used here so far.

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    d1234dick Premium Member 8 months ago

    thanks for the sex octavin, send in the next in line.

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    mshaw Premium Member 8 months ago

    “The Gladiator,” ca. 1850

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    Running Buffalo Premium Member 8 months ago

    If you win this battle, you will have enough experience points to acquire a +2 shield, a +1 helmet, or a +1 sword.

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    Bilan  8 months ago

    “Wait a second. When did the lions learn how to use a sword?”

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    Call me Ishmael  8 months ago

    For Tuesday:

    He exudes an air of command:/

    The object he holds in his hand /

    is called a baton/

    and the beating goes on./

    He takes pleasure in beating the band..///

    And if you should try to compete/

    You are certain to meet defeat/

    For he holds the chair/

    And there’s no space to spare:/

    He sits in the catbird seat.///

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