Aardvark Publishing, 2006. Paperback. Fine. Illustrated throughout, largely in color. N.p.: Aardvark Publishing, 2006. First edition. Riggs (b.1958) is best known for creating Iron Maidens ghoulish mascot, Eddie the Head, who first appeared on the bands self-titled debut album in 1980. With its popularity in England at the time, Eddie was originally drawn as a punk with red hair splayed in all directions, and then reworked to incorporate elements of a papier-mache mask used in Iron Maidens stage backdrop. The image proved so effective - Gary Holt of Exodus and Slipknots Joey Jordison are among the many who cite the cover art as the reason the purchased early albums by the then little-known band - that Eddie became a perennial fixture of the groups artwork, assuming a different guise relating to the themes of individual albums and their corresponding world tours. Recognized by Gibson.com as the most recognizable metal icon in the world and one of the most versatile too, Eddie has inspired scores of imitators, including Megadeths Vic Rattlehead and Children of Bodoms Roy the Reaper. Signed, with an original sketch, by Derek Riggs, on the front endpaper. Quarto. Original glossy paper wrappers. A fine copy. (Inventory #: 64315)
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