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Title:         The Smelting Pool!
Issue:         17
Released:      June 1986
Pages:         22

Writer:        Bob Budiansky
Penciler:      Don Perlin
Inker:         Keith Williams
Letterer:      Janice Chiang
Colorist:      Nel Yomtov
Editor:        Mike Carlin
EditorInChief: Jim Shooter
Meanwhile, back on Cybertron...
Into the Smelting Pool!

On Cybertron, the home planet of the Transformers, the war continues. Against the will of his commander Perceptor, the Autobot Blaster convinces his unit to join him on a search of Scrounge, a fellow Autobot gone missing on a reconnaissance mission.
After ther rest of the group decides the hunt is futile, Blaster continues by himself only to be captured by the Decepticon governor Straxus, who sentences him to death by dropping him into the Smelting Pool, a pool of molten metal used to transform dead robots into raw materials.

"Mercy is not dispensed here, fools.. only death! - Straxus


Disclaimer: This is neither autonoded nor a cut'n'paste writeup. My only source material are the original comics.