Brigade was created by Rob Liefeld for Image Comics.
Before Brigade made they're debut in 1993, the team first appeared in a Youngblood promo from 1987. They were originally called "Youth Brigade". The original team consisted of Sea-Wolf, Coldsnap, Stasis, Atlas, Thermal, Kayo, and Thumbelina. In the promo, Youngblood tries to recruit one of them to join the team. Before a decision was made, it was put on hold when an emergency alarm was triggered.