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Like most of Iron Maiden’s artwork, the cover for The Number of the Beast was designed by Derek Riggs and features Eddie, their ‘mascot’ (for want of a more satanic word).
It was originally presented to the band as the artwork for the single Purgatory but it was rejected on the grounds that it was too good to be used for a single.
Bonus trivia: The 1982 edition of the album cover features a blue sky, but this was a printer’s error. It went unrectified until the 1998 remastered version, when the sky was restored to an unholy black.