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The visually striking, ancient Egyptian themed cover for Iron Maiden's fifth album in 1984 saw Eddie morph into a giant stone Pharoah. Originally designed by artist Derek Riggs, Eddie has been a skeletal punk, Satan’s puppet master, a Red Coat during the Charge of The Light Brigade, an Egyptian Pharaoh and a futuristic cyborg.

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May 1983's 'Piece of Mind' saw Eddie undergo a dramatic transformation into a deranged, lobotomised mental patient complete with shackles, straightjacket and padded room. The memorable sleeve of June 1981's 'Purgatory' sees Lucifer's face melt away to reveal Eddie's face beneath. One of an Uncle Sam-esque Eddie standing outside a boat casino and the other depicts just the head and hand of a lobotomised Eddie that would eventually appear on the Ed Hunter sleeve. An image that draws parallels with those great surrealists Rene Magritte and Salvador Dali, the bodiless, floating Eddie holding his innards (which entomb a baby Eddie) while his head burns directly contrasts to the still and serene polar landscape.Wearing red military regalia, Eddie is an unstoppable British soldier who has charged through the opposition like a hot knife through butter. Continuing the murderous theme, on Iron Maiden's second album, 'Killers', Eddie is holding a blood-smeared axe as his unfortunate victim claws at his chest.

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Trooper Beer has now sold over 30 million pints around the world and Iron Maiden have sold over 100 million albums in their legendary career. One depicts Eddie clutching Jessica Rabbit outside The Paradise Club (named after the TV show Bruce was acting in) while the other sees him play the grim reaper in a graveyard. Eddie is an amalgamation of his previous guises – he has the hair of his earliest incarnations but the cracked lobotomised skull and shackles (bound by an electrical current) of 'Peace of Mind' era. Just like the upcoming album 'Seventh Song of a Seventh Son', the artwork to the March 1988 single saw Riggs delve into more surreal realms.

The artwork inspired the extravagant, boundary pushing stage production on the sprawling World Slavery Tour of 1984/85. The spikes were just short enough to not cause instant death, instead the victim would bleed to death over what could be many hours. Backed by a live version of their 1980 track 'Phantom of the Opera' (not to be confused with the soppy Andrew Lloyd Webber composition of six years later), the live single release of 'Run To The Hills' in 1985 depicts Eddie as the phantom taking off his mask while playing his metallic organ one-handed amidst a hilly landscape.

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In keeping with the Televangelist bashing song, an enraged, everyday Eddie throws televisions broadcasting the money grabbing sermons into a billowing fire. Songs like "The Trooper", "Speed of Light", "Run to the Hills" and "Aces High" are well-known by fans all over the world, but what might be less known is just where the name Iron Maiden comes from.The surrealism was stepped up a notch on the August 1988 single with Eddie's head reduced to a cloud of smoke, his trademark teeth and robotic eyes. Created by graphic artist Hugh Syme (noted for his work with Rush), the lobotomy Eddie was revived on this hard-hitting sleeve. The long standing heavy metal band also happens to be famous due to their extremely passionate and loyal fanbase – which is why we’ve got our hands on an amazing range of Iron Maiden merchandise. An all-consuming demon like Eddie straight from the bowels of hell ominously reaches for a child wearing a virtual reality headset.

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