|AD&D PHB (Tramp!) & FF6 Deathtrap Dungeon (McCaig)|
Here we have Fighting Fantasy 7 Deathtrap Dungeon by Ian Livingstone and illustrated by Iain McCaig (Puffin Books 1984). Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Players Handbook, by Gary Gygax, cover by David A. Trampier, published by (TSR 1977).
Trampiers is a classic horned demon image (possibly from somewhere very strange) while McCaigs is recognisably derived from the Chinese Pu-Tai. There is a certain roundness of features, a slump of the shoulders, a rotundness of paunch, but otherwise the drawings are not all that similar, and statues with jeweled eyes are not exactly unique to D&D.
Nonetheless, I like to think Ian may have been paying a slight homage to Trampiers iconic cover. Textually the description is spartan enough to fit either image - "There is a large idol in the center of the cavern, standing approximately six meters high. It has jeweled eyes..." and in Deathtrap Dungeon, the left eye is 'stealable' as can be seen on the Players Handbook cover, the two thieves are busy wrenching the jewel from it's socket. The right eye leads you to death via a poisoned gas, which, incidentally was something I riffed on whilst drawing the borders for Otherworld Fantasy Skirmish.
|Otherworld Dungeon Border [ZHU]|
And then there are the two strange FLYING GUARDIANS, which begin life as statuesque figures in Deathtrap Dungeon, which may have been inspired by the two odd lizard-creature corpses that the adventurers are dragging around (sacrificing on an altar?) on Trampiers PHB cover. Who knows? I'd certainly like to think so, and that by referencing a well known image (in fantasy gamer circles at least) that a slight clue to an otherwise blind choice between left and right - an item required win the game and instant death was being subtly hinted at.