Perhaps the most iconic Rock band mascot of all-time is Eddie of Iron Maiden. Originally created by British Artist Derek Riggs, who designs some of Iron Maiden’s most memorable album covers, Eddie has captured the imagination of fans as well as just casual observers for over four decades. Additionally, the existence of Eddie has added a level of mystique to the Iron Maiden legacy that cannot be denied. In recent years Eddie has received plenty more exposure with the Role-playing video game Iron Maiden: Legacy of the Beast in 2016, and now in 2022, within Iron Maiden: The Official Coloring Book.
Available for purchase as of July 19, 2022 from Fantoons, an award-winning animation studio and book publisher focused on music, Iron Maiden: The Official Coloring Book is 72 pages of Iron Maiden laden art. A solid soft cover production, complete with a beautiful lamented cover and thick pages, the book features quality illustrations from six talented artists; Juan Reira, Ittai Manero, Lindsey Lee, Jorge Mansilla, Samuel Blanco, and Alberto Belandeia.
Together this crew from Fantoons put together a thoughtful recollection of classic Iron Maiden moments featuring art from the Killers to X-Factor era and beyond. Additionally, you get some cool original art that includes the tongue-in-cheek Shredded Eddies cereal cover and Eddie Fear of the Dark Roast cover; hilarious especially if you are not a fan of certain corporate coffee brands. You also get some fun comic strips like art of the boys in the band – Steve Harris, Dave Murray, Adrian Smith, Bruce Dickinson, Nicko McBrain, and Janick Gers – all with unique depictions catered to their own personality traits.
All in all this is a cool item that all die hard Iron Maiden fans who are going to want to add to their collection. And if you actually had the time to sit down and color this book, that is cool, but if you are an Iron Maiden fanatic you will probably just want to look at it and not ruin the pages. That said, it is still fun to browse through because while it is a coloring book, it very much has a comic book vibe. So, at $17.99, it is a worthy holiday gift for any fan, and that is why Cryptic Rock gives Iron Maiden: The Official Coloring Book 4.5 out of 5 stars.