Number of the Beast Easter Eggs

February 3, 2009

i have been meaning to tell another person about this for over a year now and am just now getting around to it….

I am sure that everyone familiar with the Iron Maiden album Number of the Beast has noticed that among the sinners burning in the flames of hell along the bottom of the artwork are some people having sex. That might have been kind of cool when I was 12, but it is pretty tame by today’s standards. What is much cooler, however, is the ALIEN warrior hidden in the bottom corner of the full-sized artwork. I looked it up online, but couldn’t find any mention of it anywhere. Here’s a picture of from my poster!

number of the queen

Derrick Riggs, the creator of Eddie, hid several ‘Easter eggs’ in his Maiden work. I read an interview in a graffiti magazine a long time ago in which he claimed to have detested the band’s music, loathed being known for Eddie, and that when he painted the first album cover he had envisioned it being used by a punk band but no one wanted it. It sat around in his portfolio for awhile before the band came across it, and the rest is history.

When I was really young my dad won me a cheap cardboard framed Stranger in a Strange Land picture at the carnival, but I was too afraid of it to display it in my room even though it is easily one of their least dreadful covers. It just sat in my closet, haunting me. Every few months I would take a look at it and get really queasy, then hide it in a different spot.

Moving on, here is the ultimate Iron Maiden album art collection!

Which is your favorite?

3 posts in 1 night! 4 posts about posters in 3 Days!

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One Response to “Number of the Beast Easter Eggs”

  1. drsenbei said

    I love how Maiden is not an evil band by any means but uses so much satanic imagery. I wish my older brother had introduced me to metal in the 80’s. The hardest album he owned was Bat out of Hell.

    “Somewhere in Time” has the most ridiculous art which makes it a winner. It looks like it was lifted from a RIFTS sourcebook. I don’t know what album it’s from, but the melted Eddy in the Petri dish on page four is pretty badass as well.

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