Juan Maeda

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Maeda (前田) family name, Juan (寿安) first name

Juan Maeda is a popular mid-20th century SM illustrator.

Juan Maeda artwork


SM illustrator

Alternate Names

前田寿安 (Japanese)


1939: Born in Hokaido.

1957: Drops out of high school and becomes live-in apprentice to Taiga Utagawa.[1]

1963: Houbunsha publishes Maeda's first adult comic. After this, Maeda becomes an adult comic writer for publishers including Futabasha and Shueisha's Playboy.

1970: Draws illustrations for Oniroku Dan's "Cellar Wife" in the first issue of SM Select.[2]

1972: Starting with the August special issue of SM King, Maeda works on Oniroku Dan's "Dramatic Comic: Flower and Snake." This continues until the April 1973 issue.

1985: Moves to Nagano, where his wife's parents live. Makes Nagano the center of his activities.[1]

2008: Creates a DVD cover for Akira Naka's Murusou-Club.

2010: Vanilla Gallery holds the Juan Maeda Seme-e exhibit "Dark Cherry."[3]

Interesting points

Maeda's name "Juan" is pronounced "Joo-ahn," not as the Spanish name "Juan."

Events and performances

1987: April 21-26. "<Lustre> Eight Person League of Published Artists." Kaname Ozuma, Yukio Koaku, Do Shoichi, Miyoji Sawato, Leo Sawaki[4], Harumi Nishimura, Ken Hikage and Juan Maeda.

Selected Works

Photo Collections
  • Love Slave (Soft Magic, 1999)
  • Juan Maeda's Seme-e Collection (Soft Magic, 2000)
  • Secret Charms (Myway Publishing, 2011).[5]


  1. 1.0 1.1 From correspondence between Maeda's daughter and Ugo.
  2. This marks Maeda's debut in SM magazines.
  3. Pronunciation or better translation of title "闇桜" needed.
  4. "レオ澤鬼"
  5. Art by Akira Kito, Kaname Ozuma, Shiro Kasama and Juan Maeda.

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