Lynda Carter, the original Wonder Woman, is a huge fan of the Washington Capitals. So local illustrator, Erle Howard, decided to give her costume an update just in time for Independence Day.
Erle updated the design of Carter’s bodice so that it included the Capitals’ Weagle logo.
“[I] drew a costume update of Caps super fan Wonder Woman, while waiting for the eventual return of NHL hockey and Wonder Woman 84!” Erle, who has an associate’s degree in graphic design from CCBC and a bachelor’s in illustration at the Philadelphia University of the Arts, explained on his personal Instagram account.
The NHL’s 2019-20 season has been suspended since March 12 due to the coronavirus pandemic (though an agreement is reportedly imminent) while Wonder Woman 84, the sequel to 2017’s Wonder Woman featuring Gal Gadot, comes out on October 2, 2020.
Lynda Carter, who lives in Potomac, Maryland, was first revealed to be a Capitals fan in 2015 when she attended a playoff game between the Rangers and Caps.
Three years later, she was in attendance at Capital One Arena for the first Stanley Cup Final game in Washington DC in two decades. “Can’t express how happy I am to see my Capitals in the #StanleyCup finals,” Lynda wrote.
— Lynda Carter (@RealLyndaCarter) June 2, 2018
She even took a photo with Capitals anthem singers, Bob McDonald and Caleb Green, at ice level.
— Bob McDonald (@bobinarlington) June 4, 2020
A few weeks later, the National Hockey League honored Lynda by asking her to take part in the NHL Awards Show in Las Vegas.
Turns out he’s quite the charmer!
— Lynda Carter (@RealLyndaCarter) June 21, 2018
“LYNDA, WE FOUND FOUNTAINS,” Alex Ovechkin screamed, setting up a segment where the Capitals captain and Backstrom ridiculously celebrated with the Stanley Cup in the Fountains of Bellagio.
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) June 21, 2018
Later that year, fellow Potomac resident Ted Leonsis invited Lynda and her husband to celebrate with him during his day with the Stanley Cup.
The Wonder Woman hockey edit is not the only Capitals’ tribute Erle Howard has illustrated. The designer also created custom Capitals’ Stanley Cup champion cereals including Capitals Crunch and Willy’s Lucky Charms.
He also created a remixed movie poster for The Rocketeer to celebrate Ovechkin’s ninth career Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy as the league’s leading goal-scorer.
Erle also created a “Jerk Sauce” teasing Evgeny Kuznetsov for his favorite sauce.
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