Terry... what a fabulous find!
Thanks for this link. We can now find every mention of Orson Welles in LIFE magazine, including movie ads for films like KANE, AMBERSONS, THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI, BLACK MAGIC and PRINCE OF FOXES!
What really struck me the most, so far, in looking at the archive, is the LIFE piece on CITIZEN KANE. It appeared in the March 12, 1941 issue, and probably did far more harm then help in getting CITIZEN KANE shown to the public, since it may have solidified W. R. Hearst's opposition to the film.
LIFE's publisher, Henry Luce, was of course, an enemy of Hearst, so you can see why LIFE so gleefully notes that CITIZEN KANE is a "Portrait of an Egomaniac," but obviously, that kind of talk, when the film was still unseen and still in danger of being destroyed or censored, couldn't have helped calm the fears of Mr. Hearst or his minions!
The LIFE piece goes on to attack Charles Foster Kane, always specifically noting they are talking about Kane, but always bringing up the juicy bits that clearly relate to W. R. Heast's own career as a yellow journalist.
For Luce, this was obviously a great way to indirectly attack the real Hearst, saying things (at the time) they wouldn't have dared to say about him in print, directly.
Some of the key quotes from the LIFE piece that must have driven Mr. Hearst into a state of hysteria, if he did really think the film was about him, include these quotes from the article:
"A newspaper tycoon rejected by his nation"
"An embittered old man."
"A slap in the face is Kane's reply to his wife's complaint that he never did anything out of love for anybody but himself. When she leaves him, he smashes everything in her room, dies in solitude."