*Shane, I'm having a blast reading Postbox - I definitely recommend you scan them
*Forgot to mention this earlier: in Postbox: The Pit! in #17 the editor reveals: "By the way, there is a Baroness action figure in the works."
So as early as August '83 fans knew that the Baroness would be in the next toy-wave which I'm sure caused some excitement! So #17 was a big issue for Baroness fans - not only was it revealed in the issue itself that she survived the HISS explosion, but then they got the big action figure news in the letter page
Okay, #19, read it yesterday and wow, so much packed in. It certainly has the feel of a "season finale episode" with the climaxes of so many threads coming together.
I have to give Major Bludd the best-lines-award for this one.
"Are we carrying a load of garbage, too, or has Scar-Face been leaning on this vehicle?
"Ah, the smell has a voice to match!"
"...angel of death belching through a penny whistle"
"Yes. I'm touched. I shall write a poem about you someday. But there's still only room for two on the FANG!"
And yeah, a brutal ending with Kwinn, Dr. Venom, Scar-Face and General Flagg all dying in the last two pages
A powerful conclusion to an outstanding arc.
#19's Postbox: The Pit covered letters for #16 and as you can imagine just about every letter had something to say about Hawk getting shot or the Baroness. "But there was a main event that I disliked - why did you kill the Baroness?" writes one reader.
Another letter says: "But what is the idea of having Hawk shot? Can you please (sob, sob) let him live? Also for some reason (I don't know why) I do not feel the Baroness is dead." Looks like he called it!
At the end of Postbox: The Pit we get: "NEXT ISSUE: We don't want to give too much away about this one - suffice it to say that writer Larry Hama has come up with one of the most unusual stories you'll ever read. Don't miss it, troops!"
So it looks like "Silent Interlude" was originally going to be #20.
Maybe LH didn't finish the artwork in time and so they got Steven Grant to do the Clutch story at the last minute - just speculation on my part.
On the backside of #19's letter page we get a full-page Snake-Eyes pinup that's pretty sweet. We see SE taking down a US soldier in a forest. Another soldier has his back to the scene and is saying: "These Joes ain't what they're all cracked up to be... we ain't seen one all day." And in the foreground we see a sign that reads:
U.S. Govt. Property