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This book, How to stay alive in the Woods, is an older book but contains lots of valuable information on how to keep from getting hungry, and other useful things, while away from civilization.
There are several equivalents just as there is for the AT. I would consider Halfmile maps combined with PocketPCT. Halfmile's PCT maps 'Erik the Black' books PCT Data Book Pocket PCT U.S. Forest Service PCT Yogi's Wilderness Press books / databook ('official') The PCTA also provides a listing and sells books. Guthook has a review on his blog entry. I ...
I do not know of specific comic books other than Ultralight Backpackin' Tips which has cartoon illustrations. However it is far from a comic book. :-) WhiteBlaze features some comic strips about hiking/thru-hiking on their website. And others have also made some hiking-related comics such as Keith Roberts.
Ernest Thompson Seton's book, like Rolf in the Woods or Two Little Savages are inspiration for backwoodmanship, especially for young people.
Highly subjective question, with a highly subjective answer: This book: Allen and Mikes Really Cool Backcountry Ski Book is always tops on my list for first time winter explorers. It fits both your criteria. Beyond that, the old standards like Freedom of the Hills have good general and technical knowledge related to all season camping and travel.
Of Water and Spirit from Malidoma Patrice Somé. Although this book is not explicitly about nature, it is about people who live in unity with it. There is one very strong moment in the book that inspires very strongly for contact with nature, and very deeply describes its transformative qualities. You will not be dissapointed.
Curious naturalists by Niko Tinbergen. This is one of the best books on ethology of animals, pleasure to read for anyone. It motivates to study and observe animals in their natural habitat. I was especially delighted by the story of hobby family or the interesting life of sand wasps.
Peter Mathiessen's The Snow Lepoard. I actually read it after (not before) trekking from Pokhara to the Dolpo region in Nepal, but I think it meets your description of a book that "just makes you want to get out there". It's an excellent description of what it was like to make that journey thirty years earlier (around 1973). It's not just an inspiring book ...
As chd mentioned 98.6 Degrees is an excellent book. It is mainly focused on practical things you can do to survive and like chd on the physiological aspect of it. If you are looking to read about the psychology of survival and the mental attitude that promotes it I highly recommend Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why. And of course, as always ...
I really liked this book, mainly because it's on real experiment, but it's in french: http://www.amazon.ca/Surviethon-Vingt-cinq-ans-plus-tard/dp/2894314345 It's base on two person who decided to test their ability to survive for 30 days with almost nothing.
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