By Marissa G. Muller
You might not be familiar with Derek Riggs by name, but chances are you’ve seen his work.
The graphic artist is most notably responsible for producing Iron Maiden‘s iconic cover for their 1990 album No Prayer for the Dying that featured the character “Eddie the Head,” which the group went on to use for later covers at the hands of other artists. Riggs started as the band’s artist in the ’80s and continued on through the early ’90s.
Some Iron Maiden fans think that Riggs never got his due – since the band outsourced his concept to other artists – so they’ve started a petition urging the band to re-hire him for future artwork, Ultimate Classic Rock reports. The petition, which currently stands at over 1,000 signers, reads:
It is important to countless fans all of the world because Derek Riggs artwork and visual direction is second to none. Many fans view his artwork to be as influential as the music IRON MAIDEN produces. Things haven’t been the same since he stopped being IRON MAIDEN’S exclusive artist, so we plead with the band to bring him back for any future artwork needs.
Neither Iron Maiden or Riggs has yet to comment on the petition, but Riggs would presumably be pleased with the recognition. In an interview with Auburn Reporter last year, he said, “The album covers — my work — was getting more attention than the music, and it upset their ego. So they were going around the world telling everybody that it was all their ideas and I was just a dumb monkey that painted it all…from then on my attitude was like, ‘You tell me what to paint and I’ll paint it, because I’m obviously not getting credit for thinking of these ideas.”
If you want to see Riggs back as Iron Maiden’s artist, you can sign the petition here. The petition creators are asking for a goal of 1,500 signatures.