Illustration from the album cover for Iron Maiden.
copyright 1983 IRON MAIDEN HOLDING INC.
The illustrated character on this button is known as "Eddie" and is visible on the cover of every Iron Maiden studio album. Properly named "Edward the Head", he was created by artist Derek Riggs, based on a mask that was used in the backdrop and would squirt fake blood during live shows. This initial version of Eddie appeared on Iron Maiden's 1980 debut studio album, entitled Iron Maiden. Riggs was solely responsible for the artistic renditions of Eddie until 1992, when the band began also using numerous other artists, including artist Melvyn Grant. Along with t-shirts, posters and other band-related merchandise, Eddie is also featured in the band's video game and role-playing game. Eddie received the Icon Award at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards in 2008.
Iron Maiden, a heavy metal band, was formed in 1975 in London. Still active as of 2016, the band's discography has grown to include thirty-eight albums, and the group is considered to be one of the most successful heavy metal bands in history.