Ironically it was the awful movies that got me into TF in the first place so, mixed blessing?
At least OP's death (incredibly B*LLSY as it was!) was treated with respect. In fact, I'd even regard it as the moment in G1 that most clearly showed the different ideologies of the Bots and Cons.
Whereas Megatron was just tossed out to rust like he was so much scrap-metal, the Autobots grieved and mourned OP's passing not just 'cause he was their leader but he really was like their big daddy.
I've only read the first 10 issues, but it's the bomb!
Well one could say every series has its flaws and whatnot. I get what you're saying though. I guess I just kinda view it in the time period in which it came out. It was the mid-80s and priorities back then were a little different. Such as killing off the entire cast of Seasons 1 and 2 within the first 20 minutes of the 1986 movie. Now, I actually do really like that movie, but seriously Hasbro WTH?!!!