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The Stories Behind Iron Maiden's Artwork: Part Three

The final instalment of arty Maiden goodness

Hammer recently gave the lowdown on all of the Derek Riggs artwork decorating Iron Maiden's single sleeves from 1980 to 1989, which were printed as posters in the mag. We couldn't leave the rest of them hanging, so here's the SP on Riggsy's remaining Maiden single sleeves from 1990 to 2000. (There's no posters of these, they're just for the website!)

Released: 10th September 1990

After pushing Eddie through multiple conceptual surrealist tortures, the Holy Smoke sleeve was an unmistakeable assertion of No Prayer For The Dying's 'back to basics' approach. A longhaired Eddie – back in jeans and T-shirt in the moonlit Hellish milieu of the Number Of The Beast era – standing on a mound of burning tellies tuned into the American TV evangelists who inspired so many metal lyrics in the late '80s (see Metallica's Leper Messiah, Slayer's Read Between The Lies, Ozzy's Miracle Man), although their status as a 'hot topic' was a few years out of date in 1990, and we never got them in the UK anyway.

Released 24th December 1990

Riggs embraced the cartoonish humour of the song with a host of creepy-crawly monsters (including a cameo for Sesame Street's resident bin-based misanthrope, Oscar The Grouch) bursting out of the pavement round the back of a Maiden gig at the Paradise Club (a reference to the BBC crime drama that Bruce Dickinson had recently appeared in, awkwardly uttering unintentionally hilarious lines like "Life's crap then you die"). Oh, and Eddie's pulled Jessica Rabbit.

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