John Semper Jr.

Books and DVDs


Click here
to find out more about Mr. Semper's original book, Sherlock Whippet, a humorous parody written and illustrated in the style of Victorian dime novels.

Read a chapter about Mr. Semper's work on the Spider-Man animated television show in
Spider-Man Confidential: From Comic Book Icon to Hollywood Hero, written by Edward Gross.

Check Amazon or eBay for books based on stories written by Mr. Semper for his animated series.  Here are just a few:

Jay Jay the Jet Plane

Jay Jay's Christmas Adventure

Snuffy's Thanksgiving

Jay Jay's Supersonic Storybook

Static Shock

Soul Power

Semper History Trivia

Before moving to Los Angeles, Mr. Semper taught filmmaking and film history at the New England School of Art and Design.


Animated Features

Mr. Semper wrote the English language scripts for these features by Japanese master filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki.

Laputa (aka Castle in the Sky)

Kiki's Delivery Service

Animated Television Shows

Mr. Semper also wrote many of the scripts for shows on which he served as producer and story-editor.


Mr. Semper was producer/story editor of the 65 episode hit series that aired on Fox TV.

Spider-Man vs Doc Ock

The Venom Saga

The Ultimate Villain Showdown

The Return of the Green Goblin

The Spider-Man Collection (Special Three-Disc Collector's Set)

Fraggle Rock

Fraggle Rock:The Complete Animated Series 

Mr. Semper was story editor of this 13 episode cartoon series. It is just as charming as its muppet predecessor.

Jay Jay the Jet Plane

Mr. Semper was producer/story editor of the popular and long-running PBS series for pre-school children.  These are just a few of the DVDs available on Amazon:

Jay Jay's Christmas Surprise

Jay Jay's Big Mystery

Jay Jay's Sensational Mystery

Jay Jay's Wing Wigglin' Mystery

Good Friends Forever

Learning Life's Little Lessons

Adventures in Learning

DVD Special:

Released on DVD in December 2008,
The Little Soul and the Sun, was written by Mr. Semper and based on a children's book by Neale Donald Walshe, who is also the author of a series of best-selling books beginning with the well-known Conversations with God.  

Also available: Search on for "John Semper" (be sure to use the quotes) to find DVDs and VHS tapes featuring some of the many other cartoons story-edited or written by Mr. Semper, including Alvin and the Chipmunks, Superfriends, Disney's Ducktales, Clifford the Big Red Dog, Scooby Doo and the PBS puppet show, The Puzzle Place.

You can also pick up a DVD of his live-action Warner Brothers feature film, Class Act, or watch it on Amazon Instant Video at

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