Thanks a lot for sharing this interview, @KalataWhat Steve thinks about Maiden's album covers (the interview is from 1996, Best Of The Beast release):
Iron Maiden - ''I think this is the best Eddie he's ever done''.
Killers - ''All the details make the cover even more interesting''.
The Number Of The Beast - ''I must admit that's far from being our strongest cover. It is still excellent, but Eddie has somehow lost this absolute madman aspect, you know, vicious and aggressive''.
Piece Of Mind - ''Derek apparently chose a much simpler style''.
Powerslave - ''This time Eddie is much more menacing, with the whole Egyptian theme giving him supernatural and almost mystical aura and I love the Trooper artwork, magnificent cover. The cover of Aces High single could also have been used for an album. Those artworks are so strong''.
Somewhere In Time - ''This is my favorite album cover. I love Stranger In A Strange Land artwork too, it was so good that it could have been an album cover, the aliens are really cool''.
Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son - ''I really like this cover''.
No Prayer For The Dying - ''To me, this is far from being his best work. In fact, Eddie is quite well made, but Derek was trying to give it some sort of 3D effect and the result is rather disappointing''.
Fear Of The Dark - ''We wanted something totally different from Derek's original idea and we even had Eddie as a Nosferatu. The cover of A Real Live One is brilliant. The original cover of Live At Donington '92 was meant to look like a bootleg, we didn't intend to release a third live album.''
The X Factor - ''Fantastic cover, Eddie looks more real and also more scary. We wanted to use a sculpture for FOTD too.''
It's curious what he thinks about the other album covers...
Best Of The Beast - ''Derek had originally done a drawing that was completely different. We wanted the cover to be like a cartoon.
There was a brilliant cover that Derek recently showed us and we were supposed to included in the compilation's booklet, but we eventually decided that it would be unfair to print it in such a small size, so we are keeping it for a future single cover.''
I know these ones. There were used in french Maiden fan-club magazines when they were published in the beginning of the 2000's.
Speaking of artworks, are those two official as well? IMFC?
I guess they were, but I'm not sure at all... Btw, thanks for the sharing of this british soldier Eddie.