Best Eddie

LooseCannon

Enterprise-class aircraft carrier
Staff member
49. From Fear to Eternity (Grant)
Overall: 5.10/10

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I can't say I like this cover very much. There's lots of call-backs to older, better covers in it, which I think is one of its weaknesses. The Dance of Death Eddie is called back in the cloak and scythe, you can see the actual AMOLAD Eddie on the Challenger 2 in the background. There's the tree for Mr. Grant's first cover, of course, and you can see some screaming faces on the left very reminiscent of the Virtual XI cover. Eddie has been torn apart (you can see his guts) like in The X Factor. But my dislike of this cover comes down to one thing.

Why does Eddie have a fucking earring?

Your votes:
10: 0
9: 1
8: 5
7: 10

6: 12
5: 8
4: 7
3: 8
2: 6
1: 1

48. No Prayer For the Dying - remaster (Riggs)

Overall: 5.21/10

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I struggled on whether or not to include this Eddie, because it is so very similar to the original No Prayer For the Dying creation. But I made the decision based on one factor - the eyes. In this creation, the eyes and face of the Eddie have either been edited or re-drawn to be more similar to the remaster of Iron Maiden. There is somewhat of a difference between this and the original release, but it's less than half a point, so this was a pretty minor change in the eyes of Maidenfans.

Your votes:
10: 0
9: 4
8: 1
7: 8
6: 15
5: 13
4: 4
3: 7
2: 2
1: 2


Overall Rankings:

48 - No Prayer For the Dying - album, remaster - Riggs
49 - From Here to Eternity - compilation album - Grant
50 - Live at the Rainbow - video - Riggs
51 - Iron Maiden - album, remaster - Riggs
52 - 12 Wasted Years - video - Riggs
53 - Holy Smoke - single - Riggs
54 - Bring Your Daughter... ...To the Slaughter - original, single - Riggs
55 - Virus, original - single - Riggs
56 - Bring Your Daughter... ...To the Slaughter - alternate, single - Riggs
57 - El Dorado - single - Dry
58 - Live at Donington - live album - Wilkinson
59 - Be Quick or Be Dead - single - Riggs
60 - En Vivo! - live album - Grant
61 - Hallowed Be Thy Name - single - Riggs
62 - BBC Archives - live album - Riggs
63 - Rainmaker - single - Watson
62 - Edward the Great - compilation album - Adams
65 - No More Lies - EP - Patchett
66 - The Early Days - video - Peacock
67 - The Final Frontier - single - Dry
68 - Out of the Silent Planet, alternate - single - Wilkinson
69 - Different World - single - Greenhalgh
70 - Virtual XI - album - Grant
71 - The X Factor - album - Syme
72 - Visions of the Beast - video - Peacock
73 - Man on the Edge - single - Syme
74 - Run to the Hills, Rock in Rio - single - Unknown
75 - The X Factor, alternate - Syme
76 - Best of the B-Sides - compilation album - Wilkinson
77 - Wildest Dreams - single - Greenhalgh
78 - Virus, second alternate - single - Syme
79 - Dance of Death - album - Patchett
80 - Lord of the Flies - single - Syme
81 - Futureal - single - Synthetic Dimensions
82 - Virus, first alternate - single - Unknown
83 - Ed Hunter - compilation album - Synthetic Dimensions
84 - The Angel and the Gambler - single - Synthetic Dimensions
 

Mosh

Winner of the 2020 Dumbest Comment Ever Award
Staff member
Iron Maiden remaster cover is so ugly. Totally eliminates the raw comic book feel of the original that perfectly represented the music. The new Eddie is more polished and lacks any personality. Just a generic CGI zombie.

My favorite thing about Live At the Rainbow is the coloring but that has nothing to do with Eddie I suppose.
 

Diesel 11

As you scream into the web of silence...
Iron Maiden remaster cover is so ugly. Totally eliminates the raw comic book feel of the original that perfectly represented the music. The new Eddie is more polished and lacks any personality. Just a generic CGI zombie.
I don’t think it’s terrible outright but otherwise I agree with you. The original was already pretty much perfect and it’s a shame they had to ruin it.
 

srfc

Ancient Mariner
52. 12 Wasted Years (Riggs)
Overall: 5.00/10

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Even though this one comes in higher than many, it also didn't get any 10 votes, much like Holy Smoke. Someone liked it enough to give it a 9, though. Obviously a very hastily drawn Eddie that relies upon the various covers told at this point. The short hair is really odd to me, and the teeth appear, well, almost too white. The robot eye is off-centre, whereas the spark-filled eyes isn't, giving Eddie almost a cross-eyed look. This isn't a very pretty Eddie, and I'm surprised it got this high, especially when much better Eddies (like the Virtual XI Eddie) went low. It's enough to make me think people voted for the songs rather than the Eddie.

Your votes:
10: 0
9: 1
8: 7
7: 8

6: 8
5: 14
4: 4
3: 3
2: 9
1: 2

Overall Rankings:

52 - 12 Wasted Years - video - Riggs
53 - Holy Smoke - single - Riggs
54 - Bring Your Daughter... ...To the Slaughter - original, single - Riggs
55 - Virus, original - single - Riggs
56 - Bring Your Daughter... ...To the Slaughter - alternate, single - Riggs
57 - El Dorado - single - Dry
58 - Live at Donington - live album - Wilkinson
59 - Be Quick or Be Dead - single - Riggs
60 - En Vivo! - live album - Grant
61 - Hallowed Be Thy Name - single - Riggs
62 - BBC Archives - live album - Riggs
63 - Rainmaker - single - Watson
62 - Edward the Great - compilation album - Adams
65 - No More Lies - EP - Patchett
66 - The Early Days - video - Peacock
67 - The Final Frontier - single - Dry
68 - Out of the Silent Planet, alternate - single - Wilkinson
69 - Different World - single - Greenhalgh
70 - Virtual XI - album - Grant
71 - The X Factor - album - Syme
72 - Visions of the Beast - video - Peacock
73 - Man on the Edge - single - Syme
74 - Run to the Hills, Rock in Rio - single - Unknown
75 - The X Factor, alternate - Syme
76 - Best of the B-Sides - compilation album - Wilkinson
77 - Wildest Dreams - single - Greenhalgh
78 - Virus, second alternate - single - Syme
79 - Dance of Death - album - Patchett
80 - Lord of the Flies - single - Syme
81 - Futureal - single - Synthetic Dimensions
82 - Virus, first alternate - single - Unknown
83 - Ed Hunter - compilation album - Synthetic Dimensions
84 - The Angel and the Gambler - single - Synthetic Dimensions

This Eddie wasn't even specifically drawn for 12 Wasted Years. It was drawn for use on tours whereby the letters in his mouth could be changed to the names of a city.
 

srfc

Ancient Mariner
It would be interesting if some younger fans could confirm / disagree with your neophyte theory.

Personally I feel the new one lacks the raw charm of the original.

Edit: and thanks for resurrecting one of the best threads on the board ;)

I don't accept that theory either.

If you presented a picture of the mona lisa and a cgi update of the mona lisa that looked more like a real woman, I still think people would pick the original.
 

chaosapiant

Ancient Marinade
My all time favorite Eddie is the Clairvoyant one. The old Eddie writing shit down with the candles. That's my all time favorite Eddie artwork. I think Eddie looks his most menacing when he's calm and composed, and that cover perfectly captures it.
 

LooseCannon

Enterprise-class aircraft carrier
Staff member
47. The Wicker Man (Wilkinson)
Overall: 5.22/10

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I always like the "Eddie as something else" pictures, from the cloud-Eddie of Brave New World through to this. I think this is really cool. Wilkinson hadn't quite gotten how to draw Eddie properly yet, and making a wicker Eddie was a bit of a challenge for him. All that being said, I still think this is a fun concept if maybe not the best executed. I love the work on the figures in the burning crowd, too. This has been extrapolated a bit, but the original is still pretty cool.

Your votes:
10: 0
9: 4
8: 5
7: 10

6: 9
5: 9
4: 7
3: 6
2: 4
1: 4

46. Twilight Zone (Riggs)

Overall: 5.22/10

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OK, what is wrong with you guys? Everything else in the image isn't great - specifically the lady, who has a very odd face - but the Eddie? I think the Eddie is a damn masterpiece. Maybe the neck extends a little weirdly but he's a ghost. Again, I like Eddie as not-Eddie, and this ghost has always been a personal favourite. I gave it a 9 (docked a point for the girl's face). However, note the second Eddie (the autographed photo on the right). It very specifically says, "To Charlotte, All my Love, Eddie". So what we are looking at is the only officially published image of Charlotte, as well as a cool Eddie. You people should have given this a much higher vote.

Your votes:
10: 1
9: 2
8: 4
7: 10
6: 15
5: 4
4: 7
3: 6
2: 8
1: 1


Overall Rankings:
46 - Twilight Zone - single - Riggs
47 - The Wicker Man - single - Wilkinson
48 - No Prayer For the Dying - album, remaster - Riggs
49 - From Here to Eternity - compilation album - Grant
50 - Live at the Rainbow - video - Riggs
51 - Iron Maiden - album, remaster - Riggs
52 - 12 Wasted Years - video - Riggs
53 - Holy Smoke - single - Riggs
54 - Bring Your Daughter... ...To the Slaughter - original, single - Riggs
55 - Virus, original - single - Riggs
56 - Bring Your Daughter... ...To the Slaughter - alternate, single - Riggs
57 - El Dorado - single - Dry
58 - Live at Donington - live album - Wilkinson
59 - Be Quick or Be Dead - single - Riggs
60 - En Vivo! - live album - Grant
61 - Hallowed Be Thy Name - single - Riggs
62 - BBC Archives - live album - Riggs
63 - Rainmaker - single - Watson
62 - Edward the Great - compilation album - Adams
65 - No More Lies - EP - Patchett
66 - The Early Days - video - Peacock
67 - The Final Frontier - single - Dry
68 - Out of the Silent Planet, alternate - single - Wilkinson
69 - Different World - single - Greenhalgh
70 - Virtual XI - album - Grant
71 - The X Factor - album - Syme
72 - Visions of the Beast - video - Peacock
73 - Man on the Edge - single - Syme
74 - Run to the Hills, Rock in Rio - single - Unknown
75 - The X Factor, alternate - Syme
76 - Best of the B-Sides - compilation album - Wilkinson
77 - Wildest Dreams - single - Greenhalgh
78 - Virus, second alternate - single - Syme
79 - Dance of Death - album - Patchett
80 - Lord of the Flies - single - Syme
81 - Futureal - single - Synthetic Dimensions
82 - Virus, first alternate - single - Unknown
83 - Ed Hunter - compilation album - Synthetic Dimensions
84 - The Angel and the Gambler - single - Synthetic Dimensions
 

Diesel 11

As you scream into the web of silence...
My all time favorite Eddie is the Clairvoyant one. The old Eddie writing shit down with the candles. That's my all time favorite Eddie artwork. I think Eddie looks his most menacing when he's calm and composed, and that cover perfectly captures it.
I agree! Or well, it’s really close with LAD’s artwork, but it’s definitely an underrated piece of art that I love a lot!
 

Black Bart

Ancient Mariner
The old Eddie writing shit down with the candles. That's my all time favorite Eddie artwork. I think Eddie looks his most menacing when he's calm and composed
He must have had just been told: "Never hate your enemies, it clouds your judgement." ;)
 
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