Basically derived from the album artwork eddie is later known as an alive figure as well who really have a deep and impactful meaning of iron maiden s theme of the album. Heavy metal s identity is rooted almost as deeply in its imagery as the music itself and british pioneers iron maiden were and some band members still are proud exponents of the long hair ripped denim spandex and leather uniform of the 80s.
Riggs spoke about the inspiration.
Who does iron maiden artwork. Who belongs on every mighty album by the band. He also attended art school but he was expelled after complaining about the course. Again derek riggs returns to maiden artwork duties for this seemingly more jovial than usual cover.
A gruesome history of graphic artwork. Longtime iron maiden album cover artist derek riggs recently spoke with metalsucks correspondent justin foley about the work derek did for the legendary u k. Studio albums by iron maiden.
What really goes with the lyrics and album s name as well such as killers eddie fear of the dark s eddie brave new world s eddie running free live after death etc. But while the eddie that appeared on iron maiden looked frazzled and vacant the character that graced killers was ravishingly vicious. The art of iron maiden 2 of 58 this is the cover for the part 2 of the two part single release.
Legacy of the beast and a pinball game with the same name in 2018. Artist derek riggs had already created the infamous eddie mascot that appears on the cover of the band s self titled 1980 debut album a painting he actually completed a year before iron maiden even existed so it was only natural for him to get the ok for killers as well. He is a perennial fixture of the group s artwork appearing in all of their album covers and in their merchandise which includes t shirts posters and action figures.
On top of this eddie features in all of the band s concerts as well as in the first person shooter video game ed hunter the mobile game iron maiden. Photograph by robert ellis hulton archive getty images. Cover artist derek riggs gives eddie the ax and a little farrah fawcett.
Legacy of the beast tour. The story behind the cover art. He began drawing and painting as early as he can remember.
Maiden s image however is all the more enduring. Originally a papier mâché. Riggs would go on to do all of maiden s covers for the next 20 years.
Riggs most famous achievement is his work with iron maiden and his creation of eddie the band s mascot and subject of their. A matter of life and death28 08 2006. Born in portsmouth england riggs is a self taught artist both in his traditional painting and in his digital work.
Iron maiden from left steve harris clive burr paul di anno adrian smith and dave murray 1981. Eddie is the mascot for the english heavy metal band iron maiden. The official iron maiden website.