Hercules: The Twelve Labors: A Greek Myth

Hercules: The Twelve Labors: A Greek Myth

by Paul D. Storrie, Steve Kurth
     
 

Famous for his superhuman strength, Hercules is the most popular hero in Greek mythology. The son of Zeus—king of the gods—and a mortal mother, Hercules faces the wrath of Zeus's wife Hera, who resents her illegitimate stepson and vows to bring him misery. With her magical powers, she tricks Hercules into performing a series of twelve seemingly impossible…  See more details below

Overview

Famous for his superhuman strength, Hercules is the most popular hero in Greek mythology. The son of Zeus—king of the gods—and a mortal mother, Hercules faces the wrath of Zeus's wife Hera, who resents her illegitimate stepson and vows to bring him misery. With her magical powers, she tricks Hercules into performing a series of twelve seemingly impossible labors, each one a test of his strength, courage, cunning, and fighting skill. Is Hercules strong enough to foil her scheme? For this exciting retelling of the twelve labors, author Paul Storrie consulted the classic work The Age of Fable (1859), by American Thomas Bulfinch, and Edith Hamilton's Mythology (1942), both of which are considered the best resources about on ancient myths and legends. Artist Steve Kurth also relied on historical research to accurately bring to life the world of ancient Greece.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Kathleen Karr
The classic "Classic Comics" of the 1950s get an upgrade and new life in Graphic Universe's series of myth retellings. Library binding, glossy paper, bold coloring, and most especially the use of veteran comic writers and artists propel these efforts to the forefront of the graphic novel genre for school use. A double-spread map of the ancient Mediterranean world, glossary, bibliography and website references, and index—as well as sample "before color" pencil sketches—add to the interest level of the material. And then there's the story. The muscle-bound Hercules/Herakles is a standby of Greek myth, but who can actually remember all twelve of his colossal labors—or the reasons he is compelled to perform them? Not to worry, it's all laid out, from the jealousy of Hera over her husband Zeus's adulteries to King Eurystheus, Hera's mortal pawn of choice in her plot to destroy Hercules. But Hercules proves indomitable. Boys will definitely enjoy the hero's bold onslaughts against monsters and monstrous humans alike. It's worth the price just to watch him clean the Augean stables and build the Pillars of Hercules!

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822564850
Publisher:
Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/28/2007
Series:
Graphic Myths and Legends Series
Pages:
48
Sales rank:
209,212
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.10(d)
Lexile:
GN540L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Paul D. Storrie was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. He has written comics for Caliber Comics, Moonstone Books, Marvel Comics, and DC Comics. For Graphic Universe™, he has written Hercules: The Twelve Labors, Robin Hood: Outlaw of Sherwood Forest, Yu the Great, Amaterasu: Return of the Sun, Beowulf: Monster Slayer, Perseus: The Hunt for Medusa's Head, Yu the Great: Conquering the Flood, Terror in Ghost Mansion, and Nightmare on Zombie Island.

Steve Kurth was born and raised in west central Wisconsin. He graduated with a BFA in illustration from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Steve's art has appeared in Hercules: The Twelve Labors and in numerous comic books, including G.I. Joe, Micronauts, Ghostbusters, Dragonlance, and Cracked magazine.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >