Super Mamika Returns and Now She’s Has a New Boyfriend, Mr. Papika [Gallery]

Remember Super Mamika, the alter ego of 91-year-old Frederika? Well she’s back, and the world’s coolest super grandma is bigger and badder than ever—and she’s brought a friend!

  • Super Mamika: Sacha Goldberger's grandmother Frederika, 91, dressed as a superhero Photo: Sacha GoldbergerSuper Mamika: Sacha Goldberger's grandmother Frederika, 91, dressed as a superhero Photo: Sacha Goldberger
  • Dressed as a superheroes, Super Mamika and Mister Papika poses for a new photoshoot. Photo: Sacha Goldberger Dressed as a superheroes, Super Mamika and Mister Papika poses for a new photoshoot. Photo: Sacha Goldberger
  • Mister Papika: The new boyfriend of Sacha Goldberger's grandmother Frederika and the father of his best friend, dressed as a superhero. Photo: Sacha GoldbergerMister Papika: The new boyfriend of Sacha Goldberger's grandmother Frederika and the father of his best friend, dressed as a superhero. Photo: Sacha Goldberger
  • Dressed as a superheroes, Super Mamika and Mister Papika poses for a new photoshoot. Photo: Sacha Goldberger Dressed as a superheroes, Super Mamika and Mister Papika poses for a new photoshoot. Photo: Sacha Goldberger
  • Dressed as a superheroes, Super Mamika and Mister Papika poses for a new photoshoot. Photo: Sacha Goldberger Dressed as a superheroes, Super Mamika and Mister Papika poses for a new photoshoot. Photo: Sacha Goldberger
  • Mister Papika: The new boyfriend of Sacha Goldberger's grandmother Frederika and the father of his best friend, dressed as a superhero. Photo: Sacha GoldbergerMister Papika: The new boyfriend of Sacha Goldberger's grandmother Frederika and the father of his best friend, dressed as a superhero. Photo: Sacha Goldberger
  • Dressed as a superheroes, Super Mamika and Mister Papika poses for a new photoshoot. Photo: Sacha Goldberger Dressed as a superheroes, Super Mamika and Mister Papika poses for a new photoshoot. Photo: Sacha Goldberger
  • Dressed as a superheroes, Super Mamika and Mister Papika poses for a new photoshoot. Photo: Sacha Goldberger Dressed as a superheroes, Super Mamika and Mister Papika poses for a new photoshoot. Photo: Sacha Goldberger
  • Super Mamika: Sacha Goldberger's grandmother Frederika, 91, dressed as a superhero. Photo: Sacha Goldberger Super Mamika: Sacha Goldberger's grandmother Frederika, 91, dressed as a superhero. Photo: Sacha Goldberger
  • Dressed as a superheroes, Super Mamika and Mister Papika poses for a new photoshoot. Photo: Sacha Goldberger Dressed as a superheroes, Super Mamika and Mister Papika poses for a new photoshoot. Photo: Sacha Goldberger
  • Dressed as a superheroes, Super Mamika and Mister Papika poses for a new photoshoot. Photo: Sacha Goldberger Dressed as a superheroes, Super Mamika and Mister Papika poses for a new photoshoot. Photo: Sacha Goldberger

You may remember the incredibly touching story of Sacha Goldberger and his depressed 91-year-old Hungarian grandmother, Frederika. A 41-year-old French photographer had the idea four years ago after his grandmother became lonely and started to show signs of depression.

To cheer her up, Sacha suggested that they shoot a series of outrageous photographs in unusual costumes, poses and locations. Frederika reluctantly agreed, but once they got rolling, she couldn’t stop smiling. “It started as a way for us to spend time together”, he said.  “We have always been very close and she would often stay with me. I was wondering how to find a way to be with her and make her happy.”

Though she was reluctant to start with, she soon warmed to the idea of her new role as a super-gran. “The first pictures were of her wearing a red helmet with a white star on it. I asked her to put it on and she started to pose,” he said. “I told her she was great.”

After uploading the first photos online and being pleased by the response, she has been photographed scaling buildings, riding on the wing of a plane and speeding along in her custom-built ‘Grandma Mobile’. The photos are created using a mix of real-life studio techniques and Computer wizardry.

“Everything is as real as possible. But I also use Photoshop to make the colours look stronger, more like you would expect from a superhero scene”, he said. ‘Mamika’ – ‘Little Grandmother’ in Hungarian – has amassed thousands of internet fans on MySpace.

Frederika, was born in Budapest, 20 years before World War II. She’s also a real-life hero – she helped to save the lives 11 people during WWII when Hungary was invaded. Along with Sacha’s grandfather, she helped some Jewish friends to shelter from the Nazis. As a survivor of Nazism and Communism, she then immigrated away from Hungary to France, forced by the Communist regime to leave her homeland illegally or face death.

Some days ago MyModernMet’s Eugene caught up with Sacha Goldberger to discover more about his new project. He interviewed Sacha about the new series and asked him some questions about all the attention he and his grandmother received since the first article.

Now, over half-a-million pageviews later, Sacha and his grandmother are back with a whole new series. With all this fame, it looks like Super Mamika has a new suitor – Mister Papika, the father of Sacha Goldberger’s best friend! Be sure to check out the rest of the shots in the new series, all of which involve the theme of “elderly super heroes affixed to the side of buildings.” [Sacha Bada via MyModernMet]

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