Troubador Press: Paper Starships (To Color, Cut-Out & Fly) (1979)

Troubador Starships 1979-1

Troubador Starships 1979-2

Troubador Starships 1979-3

Troubador Starships 1979-8

Troubador Starships 1979-4

Troubador Starships 1979-5

Troubador Starships 1979-6

Troubador Starships 1979-7

Troubador Starships 1979-9

The thing about Troubador books is that you need two of each: one to color and/or complete, and the other to preserve and enjoy as art.

The beautiful starship designs above are by Yoong Bae, who also illustrated volumes on UFOs and alien starships, among others. Troubador published many fascinating space- and robot-themed titles following the space craze set off by Star Wars.

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: I had the honor of interviewing Malcolm Whyte, founder of and creative genius behind Troubador Press, about his iconic company and his ongoing publishing career. The interview will run next Monday. Please share it widely. I can almost guarantee that if you grew up in the ’70s and the ’80s and dreamed of other worlds, you held a Troubador book in your hands at some point—and prized it.

I’ll be on a break starting next Tuesday. Posts will resume on December 2nd.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

5 Responses to “Troubador Press: <em>Paper Starships (To Color, Cut-Out & Fly)</em> (1979)”


  1. 1 leftylimbo November 27, 2013 at 8:41 am

    DOOOOOOooooooooD!!! My friend HAD that freakin’ book and we spent at least a couple of Saturday afternoons trying to build those awesome ships (8–9 yrs. old). I knew that book cover in an instant. Lol, in fact I think I even saw the book in my local library and checked it out just so I could look at the designs. Wow. That was a totally obscure memory that you happened to resurrect.

  2. 2 Sam Robb November 24, 2015 at 1:46 am

    Have this book new from 1979. Never cut up. Wanting now to make the paper plane starships with my nephew. Wanting to teach him about copyright – wanting to copy so as not to destroy original. Have you had any dealings with Price Stern Sloan or Putnam-Penguin?


  1. 1 The Story of Troubador Press: An Interview with Malcolm Whyte | 2 Warps to Neptune Trackback on November 25, 2013 at 3:21 pm
  2. 2 James Bond’s Moonraker to Color, Cut Out and Fly (Price/Stern/Sloane, 1979) | 2 Warps to Neptune Trackback on June 15, 2015 at 6:39 pm

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