Fred Boatman was an American cartoonist and graphic artist, who regularly contributed to hot-rod humor magazines like CARtoons by Petersen Publishing in the 1960s and 1970s.

Hot rod cartoons
Frederick Carl Boatman was born in 1935 in Cleveland, Ohio. He graduated from Ohio University in Athens in 1960, and spent most of his life in Parma, Ohio. Although the was mainly active as a graphic designer, Boatman had a long stint as a cartoonist for the automotive humor magazines published by Petersen Publishing in California. Between 1962 and 1976, he made comics strips about skateboards, hot-rods, go-karts, grand-prix karts and other automotive subjects for magazines like HOT ROD CARtoons, CARtoons, SURFtoons, CYCLEtoons and CAR CRAFT and ROD & CUSTOM. Among his recurring characters were Granny McGo, Dipstick and Arin Gee.

Final years and death
Boatman eventually left cartooning altogether and returned to his graphic design daytime job. After his retirement, he started teaching classes at a local art college. He also compiled a large volume of his production for Petersen under the title 'Cartoons on Wheels' (2006). Together with another CARtoons veteran, George Trosley, he returned to the magazine's pages after its restart in 2015. Fred Boatman passed away in his hometown Parma, Ohio, on 25 March 2018, at the age of 83.

'Top Fuel' (2015).

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