New comic book tells the story of Ravenser Odd

A new comic telling the story of the lost town of Ravenser Odd has been created as part of the Hull/Ravenser Odd: Twin Cities, Sunken Pasts exhibition, running at Hull History Centre.

Hull Maritime commissioned 1235: A Spurn Oddity - Lily and Jacob in Search of Ravenser Odd and it is the third instalment of the popular Maritime Tales series of comics, featuring Lily and Jacob as they look at the history and folklore that makes up part of this city's amazing maritime heritage. In 2021, local illustrator Gareth Sleightholme created other comics including The Hull Kraken and the Sirens exhibition.

Gillian Osgerby, programme director for Hull Maritime, said: “The third instalment ties in with the exhibition Hull/Ravenser Odd: Twin Cities, Sunken Pasts, currently on display at the Hull History Centre. The comic follows Lily and Jacob as they discover Ravenser Odd and explore the forgotten history of the city lost to the sea that once rivalled Hull.


“The comic aims to bring the story of the forgotten island and the archival documents on display in the exhibition to life, engaging young people with the history and folklore of Hull and the Humber area.” Artist Gareth, originally from Withernsea and now living in Hull, was asked to create the comic book before Christmas.

He said: “I hope these comics will spark the curiosity of families and kids, showing that it's okay to be quiet and creative, and to be inquisitive and ask questions. And to show where some of those answers might be found.”

A new comic tells the story of the lost town of Ravenser Odd
A new comic tells the story of the lost town of Ravenser Odd -Credit:Hull City Council

The comic has been produced with historical input from Dr Kathryn Maude and Dr Emily Robinson along with support from Hull Maritime and the Arts & Humanities Research Council Impact Acceleration Account , at the University of Sussex. Copies of the comic will be available at the exhibition and also given out to local schools.

The free exhibition is on display until Thursday, May 30. The Hull History Centre is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday, 9.30am to 4.30pm, as well as Saturdays, May 4 and 18, 9.30am to 4.30pm.