From the Hollywood Reporter:

Rob Liefeld Unveils His First ‘Mighty Crusaders’ Cover

The classic hero The Shield returns in June.
The Shield has long been a character near and dear to comic book artist and writer Rob Liefeld, and now he’s bringing him into the 21st century with new covers for an upcoming comic.

Liefeld is launching a four-issue series reviving the classic superteam Mighty Crusaders from Archie Comics, and first up is The Mighty Crusaders: The Shield No. 1. Liefeld shared his cover, as well as his sketch cover variant version, and a variant from Francesco Francavilla.

“The Shield is the first American Patriot, pre-dating Captain America, which is a huge deal to me,” said Liefeld in a statement. “I’m thrilled that I get to reimagine him for fans old and new in this first issue of Mighty Crusaders! Bringing them to the current audience and giving them new life is so exhilarating for me as these classic characters have been dormant for too long! I can’t wait for people to see what’s in store with this run!”

The Shield debuted in 1940 and is considered the first patriotic-style comic book hero. Captain America’s original shield, as seen in this famous comic book cover, looked similar to an emblem on the Shield’s chest, leading to a lawsuit that eventually saw Cap’s shield changed to a round shape.

The Mighty Crusaders team originated in 1965 in a series written by Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel. Its members have included Shield, the Comet, the Jaguar and Fly-Girl. Archie has attempted to revive The Mighty Crusaders several times over the years, most recently in 2017. The publisher hopes that Liefeld’s take can bring Mighty Crusaders to greater levels of awareness.

The Mighty Crusaders: The Shield debuts June 30.