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COMING SOON ON DISK: TOM, HUCK--AND ROMEO

READY FOR ANOTHER RECYcling of a cultural relic from baby boomers' childhoods? After the success of movies based on the Flintstones, Addams Family, and Brady Bunch TV shows, perhaps the boomers and their children are ready for something slightly meatier, such as digitized versions of Classic Comics. Originally introduced in 1941, those 10 cents comic books offered kids--and desperate college students--synopses of famous novels, plays, and epic tales. Through 1973, more than 1 billion copies of the 169-title series were distributed.

On Feb. 1, multimedia publisher Acclaim Entertainment Inc. in Glen Cove, N.Y., will first bring out $4.99, paperback-size reprints of the comics in a series called Classics Illustrated. The first titles: Tom Sawyer, Romeo and Juliet, Jane Eyre, and A Tale of Two Cities. Later this year, Acclaim will introduce CD-ROM-based ''edutainment'' versions--computer games designed to entertain and teach literature at the same time. They will include study guides and other materials not available in the printed versions. Pricing has yet to be determined.

EDITED BY JOHN W. VERITY


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