Desaad was a servant of Darkseid.
He appears somewhat deformed, but retains a basic human shape. He is the only resident of Apokolips besides Darksied not to be a Parademon. On Apokolips Desaad was questioned by Darkseid as to what he had to report from their agents on Earth. He persuades Darkseid to invade when the heroes begin finding the Mother Boxes. Desaad notified Darkseid that heroes were springing up everywhere on Earth, and as such they were losing their element of surprise, prompting Desaad to suggest that Darkseid move up his time table for invading the Earth. Later on Earth, Desaad watched as a Parademon carried a subdued Superman to their base. At the base, Desaad began the process of turning Superman into a "super" Parademon, though soon after he was apprehended and defeated by Batman which makes the process is prevented. He later made an attempt to escape, though he was killed by a mind-controlled Superman.
- Desaad first appeared in Forever People #2 created by Jack Kirby.