This eye is more than meets the eye. You probably can't see it at this size, but click on the "3X Zoom" link above and you might notice a face and what might be a shoulder (or a six-fingered hand) reflected in the pupil of the eyeball. Neat detail.
Unlike many GIFs that circulated back in the day, this one is signed — twice, in fact. In the upper left, we see a small box containing stylized letters spelling "The Mage." In the lower right, we see "A.H."
I've seen other GIFs with the same resolution and color depth signed "A.H.", so I assume that is the artist. "The Mage" might have been the name of a BBS that happened to tag the image, or perhaps is was simply an alias of A.H.
When combined with its 320 x 200 dimensions, its odd 5-bit / 32-color color depth reveals that this image was created on an Amiga. That means it is likely that it did not originate as a GIF file, and that it could be older than the 1992 file date. But until I find an older source of the image, I won't know for sure.
|Retro GIF of the Week Fact Box|
|Source File Name:||EYE2.GIF|
|Source File Date:||August 6, 1992|
|Source File Format:||GIF - 87a (non-interlaced)|
|Dimensions:||320 x 200 pixels|
|Color Depth:||5-bit (32 color) (Amiga OCS)|
|Artist:||Avril Harrison (Updated 12/11/2012)|
|If you know more about the origin of this image, please leave a comment.|