Following a Twitter back-and-forth between Marvel.com editor Ryan Penagos and cartoonists Chris Eliopoulos and Katie Cook, the social network was inundated Thursday with a great wave of cuteness the likes of which haven't been seen since Commissioner James Gordon (the pomeranian, not the cop): Marvel Cats.

Eliopoulos got the ball of yarn rolling with his lolcats-spoofing Catlactus. He also created the #mrvlcats hashtag, and things got progressively cuter from there, with Cook and artists like Skottie Young, Clayton Cowls, Adam Koford, Lar deSouza, Mike Maihack and Evan "Doc" Shaner contributing more kitten-ized versions of Marvel Comics characters.

Check out some of our favorites after the jump. They're really, really cute, so try not to die.



Adam Koford


Chris Eliopoulos


Chris Eliopoulos


Katie Cook


Katie Cook


Katie Cook


Katie Cook


Katie Cook


Chris Eliopoulos


Chris Eliopoulos


Lar deSouza


Evan "Doc" Shaner


Skottie Young


Skottie Young


Mike Maihack