Once the evil Enchantress switched the Black Dark night to stone in Defenders #4, Dr. Strange attempted unsuccessfully to turn back spell. Playing not one other options, the magician stored the statue securely in the Sanctum Santorum.
Around the heels of the mix-over event that spanned Avengers #115-118 and Defenders #8-11, the Defenders fought against plus the Black Dark night within the flesh during a vacation to his original length of the twelfth century.
What grew to become from the statue of Dane Whitman, the Black Dark night?
Suddenly gaining awareness in Avengers #157, the stone statue required revenge against his former teammates for failing to remember about him. Entering Avengers Mansion, the effective statue single-handedly defeated a number of Earth’s mightiest heroes. If this came his use face the statue, however, the android Vision described the statue wasn’t actually the Black Dark night in the end. The soul of Dane Whitman had really came back towards the twelfth century when his body switched to stone. After understanding the truth, the statue crumbled into pieces.
What had caused the statue to all of a sudden gain awareness? Possibly it had been a delayed side-effect of Dr. Strange’s earlier make an effort to restore the statue to existence.
Avengers. Vol. 1 . No. 157. March 1977. "A Ghost of Stone!" Gerry Conway (author/editor), Don Heck (guest artist), Pablo Marcos (inker), Gaspar Saladino (letterer), Don Warfield (colorist).