The 80s were a good time for independents. A lot of them were being published in color, which made them more appealing to me.
If you want underrated, I would say Steve Gallacci's ALBEDO ANTHOPOMORPHICS. A brilliant hard-SF comic which unfortunately got lost in the glut of poor-quality b&w 'furry' comics at the time. The creator also had some personal issues going on at the time, and has recently stated he has no intention of going back to the series, which is a pity as it ended amidst an enthralling storyline.