Did anyone ever see Lost, where one of the survivors finds a comic book in the plane after it crashes? The unnamed comic book has a polar bear in it and people pushing a world-ending (or saving) button on a computer and it's in Spanish. I didn't read comics when I first watched Lost, so I thought they made it up for the show. Had I known then what I know now, I would've recognized Alan Scott and Jay Garrick, would've known that comics get translated into other languages, and wouldn't have thought polar bears in a comic book seemed weird. (It was a real comic: Green Lantern/Flash: Faster Friends.)
Well, that comic wouldn't be my desert island pick as much as I like the Green Lantern mythos. I don't think I could pick ONE comic as my desert island pick. But I think I can narrow it down to a few:
Any trade paperback of Justice League International. If I were stranded with no hope of rescue I'd want a laugh, you know?
Martian Manhunter: American Secrets. Not only is it noir, not only does it feature my favorite hero, but it's a period piece with such a distinct tone and setting that it's so easy for me to escape into and make me forget my current surroundings. It is quite possibly my favorite graphic novel, period. And when the island polar bears and smoke monsters are wreaking havoc, I'd want to feel as far away from that as possible.
I stole this pick from your blog, Frank!
Adam Strange Archives, any volume. With no hope of rescue, I'd like some upbeat escapist science fiction stories to keep me company. Besides, it would help foster the dream that maybe a Zeta Beam could manifest itself and transport me away from all my island troubles. Not only that the art is beautiful and colorful, and there's tigers with horns on their heads and giant city-destroying magnifying lenses. Need I say more?
Oh, and I'd need a soundtrack to go with all those comics. Elton John's Greatest Hits, anyone? What, no one? Well, I guess that's why they call it the blues.