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20. Location of Derek Riggs' insignia on IRON MAIDEN albums
Derek Riggs trademark symbol is something like the following. It seems to be
his initials...a (mirrored) D, and the R on the right-hand side. Or some-
thing like that!
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* IRON MAIDEN: check the second brick from the left, six rows down
* KILLERS: in the window at the bottom on the right
* THE NUMBER OF THE BEAST: just right of the Devil's ankle
* PIECE OF MIND: On the back cover, as part of a necklace held within a
skeletal hand. (The signature is not on the cd version since part of the
picture has been cut off)
* POWERSLAVE: at the pyramid's entrance, where Eddie's privates would be
* LIVE AFTER DEATH: Open up the CD case and follow the stone path back
through the center of the cemetery. There's a tombstone in the middle back
there with his symbol on it. Did you notice that another tombstone behind
the cat and the red rose has 'Here Lies Derek Riggs'? This painting also
has religious references in it. Just look over all the crosses and
tombstones, and of course the shadowy figure in the sky.
* SOMEWHERE IN TIME: Eddie's breastplate
* SEVENTH SON OF A SEVENTH SON: in the water (plain as day)
* NO PRAYER FOR THE DYING: out in the grass somewhere OR the "dot" over
the 'i' in Dying appears to be the signature
* FEAR OF THE DARK: (This cover done by Melvyn Grant, see note at end)
* A REAL DEAD ONE: On the outside corner of Eddie's right eye
* A REAL LIVE ONE: On the inside of Eddie's right thigh
* Running Free single: on the cardboard box to the right of the uncovered
* Sanctuary single: on the folded over part of the IRON MAIDEN poster
* Women in Uniform: on the stone wall just right of the trashcan, beneath
Margaret Thatcher's right elbow.
* Purgatory single: plain as day left of Satan's throat
* The Trooper single: on the ground beneath Eddie's legs.
* Aces High: on the front of the plane, just below the cockpit, on the left
* The Judge (First Ten Years) - It appears to be sideways on the righthand
corner of the book in front of Eddie.
* The Prophet (inside 7th son): on the right hand corner of the book that Eddie
is writing in.
* Maiden Japan: between Eddie's ankle and the 81
* Maiden England video: at the corner of the Union Jack flag closest to
* A REAL LIVE ONE: On the head of the bass guitar
* A REAL DEAD ONE: On the wrist of the hand that is pulling down
on Eddie's mouth.
Note: The Fear Of The Dark illustration was not done by Derek Riggs.
According to page 15 of the CD booklet: "Illustration: Melvyn
Grant". I don't know if Melvyn Grant is a total unknown, or if he
has done other work or not... (According to an interview with Bruce
Dickinson on MTV shortly after FEAR OF THE DARK was released, they
picked three different artists to do a cover for the album, and they
would pick the best one out of the three submitted. He went on to
state that Derek would still be involved with future artwork and that
he wasn't fired or anything).