We might as well start calling this "Maiden Louvre" at this point...
I still have the button for this cover to the "Run to the Hills" live vinyl maxi single and I used to have it in poster form tacked to the wall in my bedroom, right beneath a felt poster of Priest's Defenders of the Faith, neither of which are in my possession any longer.
Too bad when teenager separates from his adolescent treasures en route to manhood, but this image of a caped Eddie hammering away on some galactic organ was more indicative of "Phantom of the Opera," which does come as part of the other selections on this album.
There's something Frazetta-ish about the rolling mountains surrounding Eddie in his triumphant bravado here. Doubt he'd win a cleave 'em up against Conan, Red Sonja or Kull the Conqueror, but this image is tailor made for pulp adventure nonetheless. Removed from his bloody urban hellhole of the first two albums and accompanying singles, we now begin to see Iron Eddie in more battleready (i.e. "The Trooper" and Maiden Japan) and subsequently outlandish transfigurations. Understated to a degree, this painting is nonetheless a reverent image of the undead metal mongrel at his best.