Iron Maiden for Sleevage

Rocking Tunes: Check
Kicking type treatment: Check
Iconic Characters: Check
Merchandise coming out of their asses: Check
Band members not dead: Check
Business Savvy: Check

No, it’s not KISS it’s Iron Maiden. Up the Irons!

You have to hand it to Iron Maiden and their dedication to their mascot Eddie. He’s gotta be second to McDonald’s Ronald McDonald in terms of mascot power and if they met in the Thunderdome you know the ginger clown wouldn’t be coming out.

With their 2008 tour coming to a close, a new DVD and best of album out there is no better time to do an Iron Maiden feature.

I want to preface this feature to say I’m not a major Iron Maiden fan. In fact, if a gang of fans surrounded me and told me to whistle a Maiden tune I’d be screwed. Chalk this up to my age and the fact I was a Sepultura fan during my metal days of the 90′s. I have however had this feature ordained by the two official metal fans in the office.

I was initially going to feature all the covers of Iron Maiden and showcase Eddie’s 27+ year career. Little did I know that there is almost a hundred covers and thousands of pieces of merchandise sporting his face. So I’ve taken the easy way out and just focused on the studio albums. Well I added the few extra ones the band features on their official website too.

The majority of Iron Maidens artwork from 1980 were created by Derek Riggs. He’s just released a book titled “Run for Cover the art of Derek Riggs” which not only has hundreds of full page illustrations but sketches and back story to each cover. Including info about deadlines, egos, falling out and other juicy bits. I’m still getting through it. So rather than rewrite all of this I encourage any fan to pick up a copy.

One interesting point Derek makes is that albums could have up to 15 different pieces of artwork covering posters, mag covers, tickets, singles and what not. It was this mass saturation he attributed to the success of the albums and pity’s those bands that tried to do the same with just one piece of art.

The album cover also becomes part of the stage show for the band. Whether it be props or costumes the members where. They really put their all into an albums concept. No live show would be complete without an entrance from Eddie.

Other artists such as Melvyn Grant, Tim Bradstreet, David Patchett, Mark Wilkinson and Hugh Syme have contributed to Iron Maidens covers, although only Derek can lay claim to creating Ed the Head.

I’d also like to point out that the Iron Maiden logo has stayed the same throughout the years and is just as iconic as Eddie. Other bands have optimised and adapted theirs with times but Iron Maiden’s has remained true to it’s original form.

Ok down to the albums + other odds and ends.

Note: I did this kind of feature before with Cannibal Corpse. Which is still one of the most popular posts on the blog. I’m not rating these covers on their “design athetics” I’m rating them on their importance to the band and genre. Some bands create well designed covers but few create iconic images. In an industry where touring and merchandise are so important it helps to have a style that can easily be translated across all mediums and will be lapped up by fans.

Note2: Many of the covers I found were of bad quality. If you have a better version of any of these albums in a 500px or wider format please contact us.

Iron Maiden: Iron Maiden

Iron Maiden
1980

The first Iron Maiden cover. Although this wasn’t the first commissioned piece by Derek Riggs. The first piece produced for the band was this one for Running Free.

Iron Maiden: Running Free

In 1998 the album was remastered as was the cover art. A bit of botox and polish for Eddie.

Iron Maiden Remastered

Iron Maiden: Killers

Killers
1981

Iron Maiden: The Number Of The Beast

The Number Of The Beast
1981

Iron Maiden: Piece Of Mind

Piece Of Mind
1983

Piece of Mind Britney

This cover not only generated a cool looking desk toy but also many spoofs.

Iron Maiden: Powerslave

Powerslave
1984

I also found this Sponge Bob mashup. I love these!

Powersponge Iron Maiden

Iron Maiden: Live After Death

Live After Death
1985

This was the tour that was filmed for the recent Live After Death DVD.

Iron Maiden: Somewhere in Time

Somewhere in Time
1986

Here’s a look at the full wrap around cover. Many of their albums featured full covers like this but it’s hard to track down good scans.

Iron Maiden: Somewhere in Time Full Wrap

For an in depth look into the hidden messages of this cover check this article here. Obsessive fan alert!! :)

This cover has also been made into an action figure. Anyone with some better photos of this please let us know.

Iron Maiden Eddie Action Figure

I also found this funny mashup with Christina Aguilera.

Iron Maiden: Aguilera

Iron Maiden: Seventh Son of a Seventh Son

Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
1988

Iron Maiden: No Prayer For The Dying

No Prayer For The Dying
1990

This was the original 1990 cover. The 1998 remastered version was sans old dude, which I feel works better. The old dude was a little too comical and the cover has more impact without him.

No Prayer For The Dying Remastered

The plaque on the tombstone also has the inscription “After the Daylight, The Night of Pain, That is not Dead, Which Can Rise Again”. Deep man…

Iron Maiden: Fear of the Dark

Fear of the Dark
1992

This is the first Iron Maiden cover not to feature the artwork of Derek Riggs. It’s also the only cover to feature the bands name on it’s side. The cover was painted by Melvyn Grant, the second most popular Iron Maiden artist. Determined by the number of covers painted, not a recent show of hands in the bands green room.

Wikipedia says that three artists were commissioned to design a cover and this was chosen but according to Derek Riggs in his book the band pretty much shafted the artist after changing their mind twice (“we want a warewolf Eddie, no make that a vampire Eddie”) and he eventually gave up and said to get someone else to do it.

Iron Maiden: A Real Live Dead One

A Real Live Dead One
1998

This was originally released as 2 albums – ‘A Real Live One’ and ‘A Real Dead One’. A quick tweak to the cover and you got yourself another CD pulling in the dosh. Sneaky.

Iron Maiden: Live At Donington

Live At Donington
1993

WTF an Iron Maiden cover without Eddie? It was originally only released as a limited edition triple vinyl set, but became a regular part of the band’s CD catalogue with the 1998 reissues.

Below is the 1998 re-released version which featured a cover created from an original tour poster by Mark Wilkinson.

Iron Maiden: Live At Donington v2

I really like the stamp treatment the logo received on this album. But I guess it’s not classic Maiden and less iconic.

You’ll notice a lot of albums were re-released in 1998. I’m not sure what happened in 1998 but the guys must have made a packet that year or EMI decided to call in their loans. 1999 saw the return of Bruce Dickinson so you’d hope he saw a piece of this action.

Iron Maiden: X Factor

X Factor
1995

This was the first non painted cover for Iron Maiden. This time Eddie was created as a diorama by Hugh Syme. It was the first, and only, time the band faced censorship over their cover and had to release the alternate version below in some areas. This was just the artwork used on the back of the original album.

Iron Maiden: X Factor Alternate

Compared to the Cannibal Corpse stuff this is tame.

Luckily this is the bands tenth album. Because their description on Wikipedia on how they came up with the album name (and the name itself) is lame.

According to producer Nigel Green:

“We all felt that the way things were progressing – the songs, Blaze’s new involvement, the sound, the commitment – the new album really would have that extra quality, that bit of magic, that X Factor. This became the working title for the album and we liked it…”

This sounds about right coming from a man named Nigel Green.

Iron Maiden: Best of the Beast

Best of the Beast
1996

This is poster fodder. No wonder Derek Riggs explains that Iron Maiden had the top 3 selling posters, when posters were big. It’s like a high school reunion for burn victims.

Iron Maiden: Virtual XI

Virtual XI
1998

This is the one cover I can’t seem to track down who created it. Any help from fans?

One note about the album’s cover is that 1998 is way to late in the game to be using the word “virtual”. It’s about as cool as these two guys with their VR helmets.

Brainstorm Session in Progress: DND

Or this couple playing that VR game of 1995.

VR 1995

Anyway it seems this album wasn’t their best one and they regrouped with Bruce for the next one.

Iron Maiden: Ed Hunter

Ed Hunter
1999

If you need any proof that the success of Iron Maiden and Ed had gone too far, then feast your eyes on Ed Hunter. This was a on rails first person shooter game and album in one.

You may think that this was 9 years ago and games then weren’t that good but Quake was released 3 years earlier! So just like with the use of the word “Virtual” the band should been slapped and told to stop trying to be cool.

Iron Maiden: Brave New World

Brave New World
2000

Here we see the return of Derek Riggs, well almost, he painted the face in the sky and then they added the 3D world under it. This was his last new artwork to grace an Iron Maiden cover. The story of this cover is similar to the previous one. I think Derek just stopped answering their calls.

The album was originally to be called Wicker Man but this eventually become the name of the first single off the album. While I haven’t shown any other singles in this feature I have to point of this one. It covers both one of my fav pieces and one of the worst.

First up is one of my favs the limited edition cover by Mark Wilkinson.

Iron Maiden: Wicker Man ltd ed

Mark has even gone through his process on his site with a tutorial on this piece which details his process and the bands.

Even his initial sketch is great.

Wicker Man artwork Sketch 1

His final piece in it’s full glory.

Wicker Man artwork Final Wrap

And what did the band use as the official single cover? It must be great to top the other two pieces?!

The Wicker Man dumb ass photo

Yep this photo of Bruce waving his big flaming dick around with a mopey look on his face.

I can forgive the 3D world, the crappy PC game and even the use of the world “virtual” but any hard core Iron Maiden fan must have felt sharp stabbing pains in their eye when they saw this. Sadly it wasn’t the last time the band felt they could give Eddie a break.

Here’s one of the rejected artworks from Derek Riggs (the other two are in his book). You can see they ended up just using the Eddie head in the sky above the awful 3D city. This futuristic city might have been cool in a 1960′s kids book but for an album in 2000 it’s just try hard.

Wicker Man rejected artwork

Iron Maiden: Dance of Death

Dance of Death
2002

Someone fell asleep on the approval train when this one went through. The artist David Patchett asked for his named not to be credited as the band had decided to use a prototype image as the final image. While there is little talk about the Wicker Man single this cover caused a huge stir when it was initially shown online. Fan’s thought it was a joke and rightly so. Maiden-World.com has gone through and found all the mistakes in the cover for you. Let’s move on quickly.

Iron Maiden: BBC Archives

BBC Archives
2002

I can’t find any official credit info for this album. It feels like a Derek Rigg’s piece though.

Eddie’s Archive

Eddies Archives
2002

You’d have to be allergic to metal to not want to get your hands on this box set. This almost makes up for the lack luster covers of the past few albums.

Eddie’s Archive Open

They are going for around $200 USD on Amazon these days. More info on what’s inside here on Wikipedia.

Iron Maiden: Best of the B-Sides

Best Of The B-Sides
2004

Another Mark Wilkinson piece. This one with a sense of humor. “Up the Irons” is a Iron Maiden catch phrase.

Iron Maiden: A Matter Of Life And Death

A Matter Of Life And Death
2006

This seems like a return to form for not just the band in terms of success but also in cover art. Painted by Tim Bradstreet its the first time the band has tried to be timely with their imagery (this time war) and not look try hard. Tim is best known for his work ont he Marvel comic Punisher among others.

Iron Maiden: Somewhere back in time

Somewhere Back In Time: The Best of: 1980 – 1989
2008

Ok it’s another “best of” complication but this shows you the progression of Eddie. The level of detail has increased significantly.

The album cover features the Pharaoh Eddie monument from Powerslave and Cyborg Eddie from Somewhere in Time. In addition, the Iron Maiden logo is colored blue with a gold outline – the same colours used on the cover of Seventh Son of a Seventh Son.

I pity any person who is trying to collect all the Eddie merchandise they can. Give up now. A quick check of Google Images will show you the scale of which Eddie has become an icon. Oh an Eddie tattoo would be cool though…. mmmm.

Ed Force One Tail

There is so much more Eddie stuff to show but I’ll leave it up to you to seek them out. These even include the Iron Maiden private plane Ed Force One. I’m not kidding.

You can download the Iron Maiden font Metal Lord here. Sweet!

Everything looks cool when set in Metal Lord.

Sleevage in Metal Lord

P.S. Derek’s personal site seems to be down now.

Iron Maiden: Discography

Iron Maiden for Sleevage

Rocking Tunes: Check
Kicking type treatment: Check
Iconic Characters: Check
Merchandise coming out of their asses: Check
Band members not dead: Check
Business Savvy: Check

No, it’s not KISS it’s Iron Maiden. Up the Irons!

You have to hand it to Iron Maiden and their dedication to their mascot Eddie. He’s gotta be second to McDonald’s Ronald McDonald in terms of mascot power and if they met in the Thunderdome you know the ginger clown wouldn’t be coming out.

With their 2008 tour coming to a close, a new DVD and best of album out there is no better time to do an Iron Maiden feature.

I want to preface this feature to say I’m not a major Iron Maiden fan. In fact, if a gang of fans surrounded me and told me to whistle a Maiden tune I’d be screwed. Chalk this up to my age and the fact I was a Sepultura fan during my metal days of the 90′s. I have however had this feature ordained by the two official metal fans in the office.

I was initially going to feature all the covers of Iron Maiden and showcase Eddie’s 27+ year career. Little did I know that there is almost a hundred covers and thousands of pieces of merchandise sporting his face. So I’ve taken the easy way out and just focused on the studio albums. Well I added the few extra ones the band features on their official website too.

The majority of Iron Maidens artwork from 1980 were created by Derek Riggs. He’s just released a book titled “Run for Cover the art of Derek Riggs” which not only has hundreds of full page illustrations but sketches and back story to each cover. Including info about deadlines, egos, falling out and other juicy bits. I’m still getting through it. So rather than rewrite all of this I encourage any fan to pick up a copy.

One interesting point Derek makes is that albums could have up to 15 different pieces of artwork covering posters, mag covers, tickets, singles and what not. It was this mass saturation he attributed to the success of the albums and pity’s those bands that tried to do the same with just one piece of art.

The album cover also becomes part of the stage show for the band. Whether it be props or costumes the members where. They really put their all into an albums concept. No live show would be complete without an entrance from Eddie.

Other artists such as Melvyn Grant, Tim Bradstreet, David Patchett, Mark Wilkinson and Hugh Syme have contributed to Iron Maidens covers, although only Derek can lay claim to creating Ed the Head.

I’d also like to point out that the Iron Maiden logo has stayed the same throughout the years and is just as iconic as Eddie. Other bands have optimised and adapted theirs with times but Iron Maiden’s has remained true to it’s original form.

Ok down to the albums + other odds and ends.

Note: I did this kind of feature before with Cannibal Corpse. Which is still one of the most popular posts on the blog. I’m not rating these covers on their “design athetics” I’m rating them on their importance to the band and genre. Some bands create well designed covers but few create iconic images. In an industry where touring and merchandise are so important it helps to have a style that can easily be translated across all mediums and will be lapped up by fans.

Note2: Many of the covers I found were of bad quality. If you have a better version of any of these albums in a 500px or wider format please contact us.

Iron Maiden: Iron Maiden

Iron Maiden
1980

The first Iron Maiden cover. Although this wasn’t the first commissioned piece by Derek Riggs. The first piece produced for the band was this one for Running Free.

Iron Maiden: Running Free

In 1998 the album was remastered as was the cover art. A bit of botox and polish for Eddie.

Iron Maiden Remastered

Iron Maiden: Killers

Killers
1981

Iron Maiden: The Number Of The Beast

The Number Of The Beast
1981

Iron Maiden: Piece Of Mind

Piece Of Mind
1983

Piece of Mind Britney

This cover not only generated a cool looking desk toy but also many spoofs.

Iron Maiden: Powerslave

Powerslave
1984

I also found this Sponge Bob mashup. I love these!

Powersponge Iron Maiden

Iron Maiden: Live After Death

Live After Death
1985

This was the tour that was filmed for the recent Live After Death DVD.

Iron Maiden: Somewhere in Time

Somewhere in Time
1986

Here’s a look at the full wrap around cover. Many of their albums featured full covers like this but it’s hard to track down good scans.

Iron Maiden: Somewhere in Time Full Wrap

For an in depth look into the hidden messages of this cover check this article here. Obsessive fan alert!! :)

This cover has also been made into an action figure. Anyone with some better photos of this please let us know.

Iron Maiden Eddie Action Figure

I also found this funny mashup with Christina Aguilera.

Iron Maiden: Aguilera

Iron Maiden: Seventh Son of a Seventh Son

Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
1988

Iron Maiden: No Prayer For The Dying

No Prayer For The Dying
1990

This was the original 1990 cover. The 1998 remastered version was sans old dude, which I feel works better. The old dude was a little too comical and the cover has more impact without him.

No Prayer For The Dying Remastered

The plaque on the tombstone also has the inscription “After the Daylight, The Night of Pain, That is not Dead, Which Can Rise Again”. Deep man…

Iron Maiden: Fear of the Dark

Fear of the Dark
1992

This is the first Iron Maiden cover not to feature the artwork of Derek Riggs. It’s also the only cover to feature the bands name on it’s side. The cover was painted by Melvyn Grant, the second most popular Iron Maiden artist. Determined by the number of covers painted, not a recent show of hands in the bands green room.

Wikipedia says that three artists were commissioned to design a cover and this was chosen but according to Derek Riggs in his book the band pretty much shafted the artist after changing their mind twice (“we want a warewolf Eddie, no make that a vampire Eddie”) and he eventually gave up and said to get someone else to do it.

Iron Maiden: A Real Live Dead One

A Real Live Dead One
1998

This was originally released as 2 albums – ‘A Real Live One’ and ‘A Real Dead One’. A quick tweak to the cover and you got yourself another CD pulling in the dosh. Sneaky.

Iron Maiden: Live At Donington

Live At Donington
1993

WTF an Iron Maiden cover without Eddie? It was originally only released as a limited edition triple vinyl set, but became a regular part of the band’s CD catalogue with the 1998 reissues.

Below is the 1998 re-released version which featured a cover created from an original tour poster by Mark Wilkinson.

Iron Maiden: Live At Donington v2

I really like the stamp treatment the logo received on this album. But I guess it’s not classic Maiden and less iconic.

You’ll notice a lot of albums were re-released in 1998. I’m not sure what happened in 1998 but the guys must have made a packet that year or EMI decided to call in their loans. 1999 saw the return of Bruce Dickinson so you’d hope he saw a piece of this action.

Iron Maiden: X Factor

X Factor
1995

This was the first non painted cover for Iron Maiden. This time Eddie was created as a diorama by Hugh Syme. It was the first, and only, time the band faced censorship over their cover and had to release the alternate version below in some areas. This was just the artwork used on the back of the original album.

Iron Maiden: X Factor Alternate

Compared to the Cannibal Corpse stuff this is tame.

Luckily this is the bands tenth album. Because their description on Wikipedia on how they came up with the album name (and the name itself) is lame.

According to producer Nigel Green:

“We all felt that the way things were progressing – the songs, Blaze’s new involvement, the sound, the commitment – the new album really would have that extra quality, that bit of magic, that X Factor. This became the working title for the album and we liked it…”

This sounds about right coming from a man named Nigel Green.

Iron Maiden: Best of the Beast

Best of the Beast
1996

This is poster fodder. No wonder Derek Riggs explains that Iron Maiden had the top 3 selling posters, when posters were big. It’s like a high school reunion for burn victims.

Iron Maiden: Virtual XI

Virtual XI
1998

This is the one cover I can’t seem to track down who created it. Any help from fans?

One note about the album’s cover is that 1998 is way to late in the game to be using the word “virtual”. It’s about as cool as these two guys with their VR helmets.

Brainstorm Session in Progress: DND

Or this couple playing that VR game of 1995.

VR 1995

Anyway it seems this album wasn’t their best one and they regrouped with Bruce for the next one.

Iron Maiden: Ed Hunter

Ed Hunter
1999

If you need any proof that the success of Iron Maiden and Ed had gone too far, then feast your eyes on Ed Hunter. This was a on rails first person shooter game and album in one.

You may think that this was 9 years ago and games then weren’t that good but Quake was released 3 years earlier! So just like with the use of the word “Virtual” the band should been slapped and told to stop trying to be cool.

Iron Maiden: Brave New World

Brave New World
2000

Here we see the return of Derek Riggs, well almost, he painted the face in the sky and then they added the 3D world under it. This was his last new artwork to grace an Iron Maiden cover. The story of this cover is similar to the previous one. I think Derek just stopped answering their calls.

The album was originally to be called Wicker Man but this eventually become the name of the first single off the album. While I haven’t shown any other singles in this feature I have to point of this one. It covers both one of my fav pieces and one of the worst.

First up is one of my favs the limited edition cover by Mark Wilkinson.

Iron Maiden: Wicker Man ltd ed

Mark has even gone through his process on his site with a tutorial on this piece which details his process and the bands.

Even his initial sketch is great.

Wicker Man artwork Sketch 1

His final piece in it’s full glory.

Wicker Man artwork Final Wrap

And what did the band use as the official single cover? It must be great to top the other two pieces?!

The Wicker Man dumb ass photo

Yep this photo of Bruce waving his big flaming dick around with a mopey look on his face.

I can forgive the 3D world, the crappy PC game and even the use of the world “virtual” but any hard core Iron Maiden fan must have felt sharp stabbing pains in their eye when they saw this. Sadly it wasn’t the last time the band felt they could give Eddie a break.

Here’s one of the rejected artworks from Derek Riggs (the other two are in his book). You can see they ended up just using the Eddie head in the sky above the awful 3D city. This futuristic city might have been cool in a 1960′s kids book but for an album in 2000 it’s just try hard.

Wicker Man rejected artwork

Iron Maiden: Dance of Death

Dance of Death
2002

Someone fell asleep on the approval train when this one went through. The artist David Patchett asked for his named not to be credited as the band had decided to use a prototype image as the final image. While there is little talk about the Wicker Man single this cover caused a huge stir when it was initially shown online. Fan’s thought it was a joke and rightly so. Maiden-World.com has gone through and found all the mistakes in the cover for you. Let’s move on quickly.

Iron Maiden: BBC Archives

BBC Archives
2002

I can’t find any official credit info for this album. It feels like a Derek Rigg’s piece though.

Eddie’s Archive

Eddies Archives
2002

You’d have to be allergic to metal to not want to get your hands on this box set. This almost makes up for the lack luster covers of the past few albums.

Eddie’s Archive Open

They are going for around $200 USD on Amazon these days. More info on what’s inside here on Wikipedia.

Iron Maiden: Best of the B-Sides

Best Of The B-Sides
2004

Another Mark Wilkinson piece. This one with a sense of humor. “Up the Irons” is a Iron Maiden catch phrase.

Iron Maiden: A Matter Of Life And Death

A Matter Of Life And Death
2006

This seems like a return to form for not just the band in terms of success but also in cover art. Painted by Tim Bradstreet its the first time the band has tried to be timely with their imagery (this time war) and not look try hard. Tim is best known for his work ont he Marvel comic Punisher among others.

Iron Maiden: Somewhere back in time

Somewhere Back In Time: The Best of: 1980 – 1989
2008

Ok it’s another “best of” complication but this shows you the progression of Eddie. The level of detail has increased significantly.

The album cover features the Pharaoh Eddie monument from Powerslave and Cyborg Eddie from Somewhere in Time. In addition, the Iron Maiden logo is colored blue with a gold outline – the same colours used on the cover of Seventh Son of a Seventh Son.

I pity any person who is trying to collect all the Eddie merchandise they can. Give up now. A quick check of Google Images will show you the scale of which Eddie has become an icon. Oh an Eddie tattoo would be cool though…. mmmm.

Ed Force One Tail

There is so much more Eddie stuff to show but I’ll leave it up to you to seek them out. These even include the Iron Maiden private plane Ed Force One. I’m not kidding.

You can download the Iron Maiden font Metal Lord here. Sweet!

Everything looks cool when set in Metal Lord.

Sleevage in Metal Lord

P.S. Derek’s personal site seems to be down now.





34 Comments

  1. Gosh! What a comprehensive summary! I had no idea how IMMENSE these guys are. Huge, yes, but I wouldn't have thought of this scale. I will also say I'm pretty glad I was asked by Drum Media to shoot these guys, even though I was totally buggered from the Big Day Out the day before!

  2. I had no idea either. This is just the tiny tip of the iceberg. Metal was and still is huge. For every 1 pop star that is still around there are 3 metal bands.

  3. I remember seeing the Dance of Death album cover in the shops, it's brilliantly crap.
    Like a weird metal anime Eyes Wide Shut disco.

    You have to hand it to them, the style of illustration these guys use is now like a parody of a parody – but it's interesting how the type treatment stands the test of time.

    The best of the zombie-gore drawing style covers in recent years is probably St. Anger, probably the most progressive use of it.

  4. Great stuff! That sure is some inconsistent quality-control. I spent a long time in my teens sketching Eddie onto various pencil-cases – if only I'd known their standards had dropped so much I might have donated them!

  5. FREAKIN FKING AWESOME> Thanks for taking the time out and putting this together. Not only did you bring back some great concert memories but now Im buying their newer stuff to get caught up. Excellent man, excelelnt.

  6. I found this excellent feature searching for album art by Mark Wilkinson. If you like his work try to find the cover art he did for a Brit band called Marillion in the 80's. It' my favorite stuff by him. I bought my first Marillion abum just for Mark's artwork. Is anybody else out there old enough to remember buying albums by bands you'd never heard of just because of the album cover art?

  7. I bought Tools album because of the lenticular cover and havent looked back as a fan.

  8. I've always found the 7″ 12″ and CD single covers of Iron Maiden more intersting than the album one, maybe because you didn't see them everywhere.

  9. The booklet for the BBC Archives disc from Eddie's Archives credits Derek Riggs. Another thing I noticed is that my copy of Best of the B sides has “Maiden Rule” written on Eddie's butt rather than “Up The Irons”.

  10. In 1998 they reissued all their albums in “Enhanced CD” form, with videoclips and quicktime included. Don't ask me why, really.

  11. man thanks so much for doing this, took me back in time. Miss it soooo much… rock on!!

  12. coll eddi…

  13. In answer to the posters question, the 'Virtual XI' album art was done by Melvin Grant, who also done the 'Fear Of The Dark' album cover. Also, 'BBC Archives' was indeed done by Derek Riggs.

  14. they are awsome dude i have listened to them for a year and they r WOW words cant explain them at all id love to meet them nicko inspired me to play the drums only 13 years old and i love them especially the trooper also UP THE IRONS.

  15. The Virtual XI cover was done by Melvyn Grant…the same dude who did Fear of the Dark. Does anybody know who did the cover for the Be Quick or Be Dead single?

  16. GREAT SITE!

  17. GREAT SITE!

  18. i fucking love there cover art it's the shit
    up the irons!!

  19. This post….and the art in it…ROCKS! m/

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  21. Iron Maiden Cover Art Has Always Been Cool , Can't Wait To See What The New Cover Gonna Look Like On The New Up Comming Cd

  22. Mine has that too, but maybe it's done to because there are 2 versions of Eddie's Archive. The first run and the 2nd, the reissue. I think the first version has “Up the Irons”. And 2nd, which I have, has “Maiden Rule” on it.

  23. Derek Riggs have a website with some of his work:
    http://derek.server311.com/

  24. HAHA I always thought the Dance of Death cover was strange. Love it tho.

  25. The reason for the Wicker Man cover features Bruce and the rest of the band is because it’s a callback to The Number of the Beast. That was Bruce’s first album with the band, and if you look on the back there’s a picture of the band with Bruce holding a torch. Bruce left the band in 93, but rejoined in 99, and the first thing released after that was The Wicker Man single. That cover was a sign that the iconic lineup of the band had returned.

    Another cover that I like is the Maiden Japan cover that was used on the Brazilian release. The normal cover features Eddie holding a samurai sword. The Brazilian cover features Eddie with the sword, but he’s also holding the severed head of vocalist Paul Di’Anno, representing his departure from the band.

  26. where is the aces high art of eddies head in the fighter jet?

  27. I did a spoof of IM’s Purgatory and Katy Perry
    Then another one with IM’s Run to the hills and Lady Gaga.
    They’re on my site
    http://thefreerepublicofroccobone.blogspot.com/

  28. does nobody notice in the top if the somewhere in time albim cover, the moon represents eddie’s iris and the clouds shape his eye?

  29. That link I provided is no longer active. Sorry about that. Here’s the updated link http://roccobone.blogspot.com/2011/02/scrapped-contest-entry-turned-katy.html

  30. Lady Gaga Iron Maiden inspired art:
    http://roccobone.blogspot.com/2011/03/channeling-spirit-of-times.html

  31. Thought you might like this :)

  32. On the full sleeve version of Mark Wilkinson’s “Wicker Man” painting, there is a Jester character, maybe a reference to all of the early Marillion covers he painted with the Jester as a reoccurring figure.

  33.  If you are ever in Miami, FL (USA) Nicko owns a BBQ restaurant there. He’s a really cool guy.

  34.  I posted above the Jester character in Wilkinson’s Wicker Man painting may be a reference to all of the Marillion covers he did.

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