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Hercules and the Hydra, a painting by Antonio del Pollaiolo. Now it is in the Uffizi in Florence

Hercules is a hero in Roman mythology. He is a mortal son of Alcmene and Zeus. Hercules is known for his great strength. In Greek mythology he is named Herakles, but he has some different stories.

The twelve tasks[change | change source]

In one of the more well known stories of Hercules, he had to complete twelve tasks. These tasks were:

Other versions[change | change source]

Hercules is also a character in Marvel Comics. He was an ally of the mighty Thor. He is the leader and a founding member of the super team the Champions. He was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in 1962.