In the manga subgenre known as Ero-guro (Erotic-grotesque), Suehiro Maruo (born January 28, 1956) is renown for his beautifully-composed, exquisitely-crafted scenes influenced by Japanese Ukiyo-e prints on one hand, and the canon of Western fine art on the other.
Maruo started his career by providing short strips for porn magazines, because, as he says, they would publish anything as long as there is nudity and sex. Indeed, many of his early strips are incomprehensible. The America-published anthology Ultra-Gash Inferno contains the more "readable" stories of early Maruo, while the rest are sometimes available as Scanlation.
Maruo's growing fame then allowed him to publish longer stories, of which Mr. Arashi's Amazing Freak Show has garnered him an international cult following.
Maruo's important works include:
- Mr. Arashi's Amazing Freak Show (1984)
- New Atrocities In Blood (1988) — a modern reworking of Muzan-e (atrocity prints) genre of Ukiyo-e.
- Inugami Expert (1994)
- The Laughing Vampire (1998)
- The Strange Tale of Panorama Island (2008) — adaptation of a novel by Edogawa Rampo.
- Imomushi (The Caterpillar) (2009) — another Rampo adaptation.
His offical site is here
Tropes commonly found in the works of Suehiro Maruo:
- Art Imitates Art: His mangas contain so many homages to Western paintings and German cinema, you can play a Drinking Game with them.
- Bishōnen that reek of evil.
- Downer Ending.
- Enfant Terrible: Most of the atrocities in his stories are committed by children or teenagers.
- Eye Scream: Eyeballs are good for licking, and stabbing, and forking out.
- Faux Symbolism
- Mind Screw: His early stories were borderline incomprehensible and didn't seem to follow a plot structure of any kind.
- Nightmare Fuel: But the art is so exquisite: you can't just look away.
- No Ending: His one-shot stories tend to end abruptly with no conclusion or resolution to the plot.
- Interplay of Sex and Violence: The reason why he is often associated with the eroguro manga scene.
- Karma Houdini.
- The Murder After.
- Those Wacky Nazis: For nostalgic values and fetish fuel.